Music will not help every person fall sleep.
Some music and/or sounds cause some people (like me) increased alertness or even anxiety when aiming for dreamland. So observe your child's reaction to auditory stimulation while they are sleeping or falling asleep.
The problem is knowing which of the hundred options you should go for. Here are five tips you need to know when buying or downloading music for Zzzzz's.
1/ SEARCH using keywords "ambient music" or "arrhythmic music." This means that the music will have no pulse, creating an enveloping sound with an ocean-like soothing effect. (Be aware of generic "Songs for Sleeping" albums which are often rhythmic and upbeat with melodies that actually activate brainwaves.)
2/ LONG TRACKS 20-30 minutes in length will prevent a break in the sonic atmosphere, creating continuity for an uninterrupted sleep cycle.
3/ YOUR VOICE can provide significantly more comfort than recorded music. Children's response to live music is different from recorded music. Babies are particularly responsive when the music comes directly from the parent. Singing along with a parent is for the development of reciprocal communication.  So before you hit play, hummmm and sing away for a few minutes. Their ears are your best audience.
4/ LISTEN through the entire track or album that you intend on playing. What another composer considers to be 'calming' may not be for your child. Sudden changes in volume, tempo, or sounds can be quite alarming and cause distressful sleep. So give it a spin. If something catches your attention, that is a red flag that it will likely do the same for your kiddo. If you fall asleep, well then . . .
5/ DOWNLOAD the mp3 below. There are 2 free tracks available, including an instrumental version (no vocals, as heard on the "Born Curious" kids album) and an extended version that automatically repeats the instrumental song for a total of 26-minutes. These are only available through our blog. Woo-hoo!
Please comment if you have any sleep tips, tricks, or songs that have had the magic touch for you or your kiddo. I guarantee you extra karma points for this.
And if you can use an artisticly stunning addition to your bedtime book collection, the wildly talented Charlotte Zolotow illustrated the newest version of "When the Wind Stops," as pictured above. It is a beautiful story that humbly illustrates how every ending is really just another beginning.
Above image copyright "When the Windstops" by Charlotte Zolotow
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Cheers from the other sunshine state. The kids call me Miss Sara, or Sara Dee. I am a globe-trotting Play Music and kids music ambassador. If you ask me how old I am, I will tell you- exactly one year younger than the last. I have a wicked penchant for music, guinea pigs, food, vintage, traveling, and instagram. This blog is here to share some of the (music) inspiration and happenings along the way. Glad you found your way here!