Will music help your child to sleep better?
Music is often praised for inspiring emotions and bringing an
uplifting boost to your day. From dancing around the kitchen when
cooking, to setting the mood for date night; music can often ignite
emotions that you forgot existed! When it comes to getting your
child to sleep, music
is also a popular recommendation to soothe your little one off
But why is music such a welcome addition to your child's sleep routine?
Creating a relaxing environment
From the moment that you bring your precious newborn home, babies
are overloaded with new experiences. This can be overwhelming to
their developing senses, making it especially important to create a calm, relaxing
environment in order to give them the soothing atmosphere they
need to nurture their sleeping pattern.
Soft music played each night can not only relax your child, but it
can also help to create a sense of routine for your little one.
Acting almost as a trigger, letting them know that it's time for
bed, it's the perfect way to add another sense of familiarity -
which can leave your baby feeling more secure and therefore more
relaxed. A sense of routine throughout the early stages will help
to breed feelings of comfort and security throughout childhood.
The reason that lullabies are so effective (and popular), is the
physiological effects they can have on your child. Naturally, our
bodies will respond to the rhythm and tempo of the music we listen
to, meaning that slow, soft, repetitive music will actually slow
our heartbeats and allow for deeper, calmer breathing.
The swaying rhythm of a lullaby is remarkably close to the child's
own heartbeat, and the quiet melodious sounds are a blessed relief
from the world's usual racket. Slower music is also easier on the
senses, meaning your child's threat responses are far less likely
to be activated, making their bedroom feel both safer and more
When to play the music
We recommend putting on your favoured lullabies/background sounds
around half an hour before your child's bed or nap time, allowing
them to absorb the music and "wind down", before you actually put
the to rest. As mentioned above, the familiar routine will let your
child know bedtime is coming soon, making it less of a shock when
it's time to be put down for sleep.
If there is a risk of noise or factors which may disturb sleep,
then it is recommended to leave the music on throughout the night.
As the music can drown out other sounds which may disturb, such as
wind and rain, the music acts at the most effective, consistent
distraction from this. The constant noise in the background can
also give the child an immediate sense of where they are, lessening
the disruption they feel as they wake throughout the night, and
allowing them to drop right back off if they do wake up during
- Lullaby for Babies (available on
Android) - Available for free on Android, this app
has an assortment of pre-recorded melodies and classic lullabies,
which include simple melodies and lullaby classics such as "Hush,
Little Baby". A really useful feature for this app is the timer,
allowing you to keep the music playing as long as you
- Sleepy Sounds (available on Android and
iOS) - This free app includes a variety of lullabies,
nature sounds, and even white noise. The Sleepy Sounds app also
displays soothing animation while it's playing. The images serve as
a calming night-light that can help children of all ages feel safe
and secure all through the night. You can also record your own
music and sounds, in case your child's favourite musician is
- Sleep Genius Baby (available on iOS) -
Developed by experts and dubbed "The world's most advanced sleep
app", this premium app plays a range of sounds and songs
scientifically proven to aid children's cognitive development while
they sleep. The app
includes tailored soundscapes for both bedtime and