IT WORKS! It helps calm down my son when he is having a tantrum, and soothes him to sleep at bedtime. And me too, if truth be told - this is a very relaxing CD, and we have enjoyed some fantastic mother and baby chill-out time together. What more could any mother want? - ★★★★★ Amazon.co.uk
These instrumental songs are really good if you are looking for something soothing with no voice. My baby reacts really well to all these melodies and putting him to sleep became easier. I would definitely recommend this to anyone! - ★★★★★ Amazon.co.uk
I gave this CD to my daughter as she was having problems getting her little girl to sleep.What a success!It is so relaxing to listen to! Don't play it in the car though! It may have the driver nodding off! - ★★★★★ Amazon.co.uk
Good CD of old playground songs. - ★★★★☆ Amazon.co.uk
A dangerously infectious collection of fun songs for children and adults. Helen Raw's voice is stunning. Listening to her can easily wash away the stresses of the day. This is definitely a must have for parents with grade school aged children, or just people with a fondness for Scottish folk songs. - ★★★★★ Andrea Guy - Mossip
out in germany and i want my kids to keep their scottish roots. classics such as you cannae shove yer granny af the bus etc will help do it. - ★★★★☆ Amazon.co.uk
I bought this for my grandson but it's a great hit with adults and children alike. Sadly most of these songs are not known to many young children today. Good to see them being preserved for everyone. - ★★★★★ Amazon.co.uk
Super cool and a really fun album! - ★★★★★ PayPlayFM
Really bought this for one song but ended up buying 6 album downloads as they are so well done, sound like folk songs. I like listening so car rides won't be so hard! - ★★★★★ Amazon.co.uk
The tracks here are delivered with an enthusiasm that only a professional misanthrope could fail to smile at, and the saccharine blandness of so many other children's nursery rhyme albums is thankfully missing. - ★★★★☆ Amazon.co.uk
We played this album and Volume 1 at my daughter's birthday party, and the kids had such a good time dancing to it that they asked us to put them both on again...This is definitely an album that will be played over and over again. - ★★★★★ Amazon.co.uk
Entrainment - What Is It And How Will It Help Baby Sleep?
Article Published at 12:31pm on Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Everybody knows instinctively what entrainment is, even if we've never come across the term before. We all appreciate the power of music to enhance the mood of a situation. After a hard day's work, who hasn't listened to something relaxing to help them wind down, or played something up-tempo while getting ready to go out for an evening. We are all aware of the concept of a chill-out room in a club (or tent at a music festival) even if we've never been to one. Supermarkets carefully select in-store music: music with a high tempo encourages shoppers to move faster through a store, while slower music slows down customers, with the overall benefit of them spending more money.
At its simplest, entrainment is the synchronisation that occurs between the brain and an external rhythm, such as music. This in turn is reflected in our heartbeat - play fast music, we feel excited, and our heartbeat increases. We have all caught ourselves tapping our feet to a piece of music. Play slow music, we calm down, and our heartbeat decreases. The concept is thought to be uniquely human, although it has been observed in cockatoos:
As parents, we can use this phenomenon to encourage a baby to sleep by playing soothing, low tempo music - around the tempo of the human heart - 70-80 beats per minute - is best. Babies don't like anything too complicated, so it's best to use something expressly designed for them. It's important to note that rhythm and tempo are not unique to percussion instruments, and in fact, for babies, it is best to avoid music containing drums and percussion altogether, as it is more likely to wake them up than help them to sleep. Babies have sensitive ears, so it's also best to avoid anything with frequencies that are too low or too high, as that can hurt them.
The music should be sequenced so that each song is slightly slower than the previous one. Baby's brain will lock into the tempo of the music, and his heartbeat gradually slows down as the tempo decreases. This in turn causes the baby to relax, and go off to sleep.
So if baby won't sleep, play some relaxing music - there is plenty designed expressly for the purpose and immediately available for download over the internet if you don't already own anything suitable. Baby will be off to sleep in no time.
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