Most parents will agree that one of the major challenges of parenting is putting the baby to sleep at night. There are a variety of solutions offered and using bedtime music is a popular choice.Many parents use bedtime music since it's natural and safe.
It also has the benefit of putting the parents themselves in a calmer, better mood as they prepare their baby for bedtime.
Bedtime lullabies have been used across the world for centuries to put baby to sleep. Almost all cultures have lullabies that passed from one generation to the next. In earlier times, it's probably the first music that babies hear - mom's melodic humming of lullaby. So it seems to stand the test of time as a way to put baby to sleep.
Most will agree music is beneficial to baby sleep but here's Why:
1) Babies have well developed hearing at birth
As more researches reveal how babies perceive sound and music, we now have more understanding than ever in the subject. It all began when the baby is still in the womb. Findings from a Belfast research with 400 fetuses demonstrate that reactive listening begins at 16 weeks, g.a.; even before the ear is structurally complete at 24 weeks. And at birth, baby's hearing is already well developed.
2) Newborns are sensitive to pitch and melody. They react more to high pitched sounds, like Mom's voice.
3) Researchers found that even as early as just a day old, babies already have a strong sense of rhythm.
4) Infants are more used to an environment of sound than a very quiet one. This is due to the fact that the womb was not an environment of absolute quiet So now we understand more about why music is effective in helping baby sleep, we can think about how to use music as part of a bedtime routine.
Music played however should be soft music and not so loud so as not to distract the baby.