Babies may not yet understand a word, but they do appreciate good music. How does it really benefit your baby? What are the ones you should be listening to as you send your baby to sleep?1
One does not have to be good at singing for him or her to appreciate music. The same is true for our babies; they do not necessarily have to learn how to speak to appreciate sounds.
Music has been proven to help keep babies calm and at peace. Melodies, even without the lyrics, give them a soothing feeling. Whether we need to make them stop crying or send them to sleep, music is our best bet. So, what exactly is the best baby sleep music? How will it benefit your baby today and in the long run? We will answer all of these questions as we go along; so, let us start!
Benefits of the Right Lullaby
Music has a lot of benefits, not just for babies but for people of all ages. It just does not get old. Here are some ways how baby sleep music positively affects your child:
1. It soothes
Music has the ability to relax us. Even if babies are not able to talk yet, they do have ears for good music.
Take yourself for example. For sure, you feel lighter and better when you listen to your favorite songs. The same is true for babies.
2. It has therapeutic effects
Baby sleep music also has therapeutic benefits. Studies show that it has something to do with facilitating proper weight gain.
As it relaxes the nerves, your baby is more likely to grow and develop accordingly. Your baby is too young to be stressed; so, music is the key!
3. It improves brain function
Studies have also shown that music has something to do with enhancing cognitive function at any age. As your baby enjoys every beat, he or she gets a creative boost as well.
Even if they cannot speak or express themselves properly yet, babies can remember simple melodies— one way or another. They are able to recognize varying tunes and sounds, and this is how they start to build their language.
4. It helps language development
Babies are already pre-wired to learn music, just like how they are pre-wired to learn language. When they listen to music, they do not just develop a stronger musical pathway in their brain. They also develop language quicker than those who do not listen to music regularly.
When babies move to music, they learn words even faster. At the same time, they are likely to use more communication gestures. For example, they might hold a banana up to their ears and pretend like it is a phone.
These simple gestures are affirmative. They indicate that your baby is making significant progress, being able to express himself or herself little by little. It goes to show that he or she is beginning to understand the world around him or her.
5. It builds a relationship
When you send your baby to sleep while playing or singing along to a lullaby, there forms a stronger connection between the two of you. It just could not be helped.
Accordingly, sharing music with someone releases oxytocin. This is the exact same hormone released when you are nursing your baby. It goes without saying that a special bond is formed over something as simple as music. So, you cannot really undermine the wonderful effects of music even if they are not really visible to the naked eye.
What is the Best Baby Sleep Music?
Babies prefer calming and soothing sounds. Since they have a special bond with us mothers even before they were out here in the world, they find women’s voices to be more relaxing. So, you should choose music with women singing voices. More often than not, they tend to connect with these kind of music more easily.
Instrumental music may also be the best baby sleep music for some babies. It helps send them to a peaceful sleep at night, even when there are no words involved.
When choosing the right baby sleep music, you need to observe closely how your baby responds to the tunes. If you notice that he or she likes it, then you should stick to those genres.
Top 5 Baby Sleep Music of All Time
Now that we know the importance of baby sleep music, what are the best ones that you should play for your baby? Here are my top five favorites:
1. All the Pretty Little Horses
This is one of the most traditional lullabies. In case you have not heard of All the Pretty Little Horses before, here is how it goes:
Hush-a-bye, don't you cry
Go to sleepy, little baby
When you wake you shall have
All the pretty little horses
2. Baby Mine
Baby Mine is probably the go-to baby sleep music of every parent out there! Here is how it starts, with a very reassuring feeling:
Baby mine, don't you cry.
Baby mine, dry your eyes.
Rest your head close to my heart,
Never to part,
Baby of mine
3. Brahms’ Lullaby (Cradle Song)
Everyone is familiar with the melody of Brahms’ Lullaby. However, not everyone knows the lyrics. It is very dozing; singing the following words might also send you to sleep before even finishing it:
Lullaby and goodnight, thy mother's delight
Bright angels beside my darling abide
They will guard thee at rest, thou shalt wake on my breast
4. Hush, Little Baby
This is one of the classics. Hush, Little Baby used to be my favorite lullaby when I was a baby. Here is how it starts:
Hush, little baby, don't say a word.
Papa's gonna buy you a mockingbird
5. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Who is not familiar with this classic? Be it in instrumental or not, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star is an ultimate favorite in every household. Perhaps there is no need to tell you how it goes!
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
To Sum It Up…
Baby sleep music offers a lot of benefits for your baby. In fact, it also benefits you in such a way that it helps strengthen your bond with him or her.
There are millions of lullabies out there. While there is really no formula in telling what works best for your baby, you can always listen to anything. Eventually, you will be able to determine what he or she likes the most. Then, you can stick to those kind of tunes. Whatever music your baby enjoys, the most important thing is that he or she gets the most out from it.
What music does your baby love? Which one is your all-time favorite? Tell us your story; we would love to hear from you!
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