Researchers have found that playing lullabies to premature babies can help lower heart rates and aid breathing and feeding.
Scientists at the Beth Israel Medical Centre in New York have just published the results of a fascinating study in which they measured the effects of playing music to premature babies. According to lead researcher Dr. Aimee Telsey; exposure to music improved heart rates, sleep patterns, sucking behaviour & calorie intake in the premature babies studied. Furthermore stress levels fell and the music even helped mother and baby to bond.
Three types of music were used in the study: traditional lullabies, ‘wooshing’ sounds produced by Remo ocean discs and simulated heart-beat rhythms using Gato boxes (Remo ocean discs and Gato boxes are devices used by music therapists which can be synchronised with the tempo of an infant’s heart-beat and breathing rate).
The 272 premature babies studied had various medical conditions from breathing difficulties to infections of the blood-stream. Exposure to all three types of music (three times a week for two weeks) was found to calm heart rates. The most effective type of music was shown to be the traditional lullabies.
Our company acquired its name from a similar study that was published several years ago in the International Journal of Arts Medicine. This study had similar results to the one described above: Music was shown to reduce heart rates, increase oxygen saturation and reduce stress behaviours in newborn babies. The babies in the study were dubbed ‘The Lullaby Babies.’
It’s important to point out a possible explanation for the positive results that was proposed by the researchers from original study. The lead researcher in original study explained that the correlation between exposure to music and reduction in stress levels may simply be because the music drowned out the loud, harsh, disturbing noises of machinery and staff that were present in the neonatal unit. This warrants further investigation as neonatal units around the globe could potentially aid the recovery times of their premature patients simply by creating an environment more appropriate for the sensitive young ears of babies.
There have been numerous studies which have demonstrated the benefits of playing nursery rhymes to children.
Over the coming few weeks I’ll be examining these studies further in order to bring you up date with the latest research. However, in the meantime you can check out this page for more details: http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/article/5978/Advantages_of_Nursery_Rhymes_to_Little_Children
The nursery rhymes which have the most benefit to children are the ones that have simple lyrics and simple melody lines as these songs are easy for children to learn and sing. Nursery rhymes that lend themselves to accompanying actions are better still (such as The Wheels on the Bus) as performing basic dance routines along with the music engages the listener further and activates yet another part of the brain.
Lullaby Babies is obviously striking the right chord with parents as they are currently ranked number one in the ReverbNation UK Children’s charts.
A growing and loyal fan base coupled with their new album release, ‘Dance and Dream’ has sky-rocketed the company into the much coveted first position.
The double CD album features 20 classic nursery rhymes that have been arranged and recorded with a contemporary twist to give a fresh sounding album that parents should enjoy as well as their children.
Upon researching the album we noticed that parents tend to use nursery rhymes for two distinctive purposes. Primarily parents use them as play-time songs to encourage their kids to dance and sing along with the upbeat music. Studies have shown that learning the words to nursery rhymes and performing simple actions along with the music such as clapping and dancing can help increase a child’s cognitive development.
However, many parents also use nursery rhymes as lullabies and will regularly put on a nursery rhyme album for their child to fall asleep to. The problem is that nursery rhyme albums contain a mixture of songs; some upbeat and some mellow. A child’s sleep is likely to be disrupted if his or her parents put on a couple of soporific tracks from a nursery rhyme album without realising that the tracks are followed by loud, uptempo songs which will kick in just as the child is drifting off!
Likewise, purchasing a nursery album for play-time will have mixed results if a large proportion of the songs are mellow. Therefore we decided to make this album a double CD feature. The first disc is called Dance and features ten uptempo tracks to get your child dancing, singing and clapping along. The second disc is called Dream and features ten soothing lullabies that work wonders at bedtime.
As far as we know this is the first album of its kind and we hope that parents will find it useful and enjoyable. We firmly believe that parent-child interaction should be encouraged as much as possible and by listening to this album regularly, you can ensure you are spending lots of quality time with your baby.
Tonight your baby could be falling asleep to the soothing sounds of our acoustic lullaby album! Our award winning album features acoustic renditions of lullaby favourites such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Hush Little Baby, Brahm’s Lullaby, Rockabye Baby, All the Pretty Little Horses, Lavender’s Blue and many more. The album is currently on sale via iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Napster and many more for £7.99.
Over the last three years our personalized lullaby CDs have been hugely successful and we’ve had no end of wonderful feedback informing us how these CDs have not only been a Godsend at night time, but how they have also added a magical and personal touch to a myriad of family occasions. We’ve heard how guests at these family events have been dazzled and even reduced to tears upon hearing music that has been personalized for the latest addition to their family.
As our studios are based in England, we have been shipping CDs around the world since we launched, however, we are now giving customers the unique opportunity to order a digital version of our personalized lullabies. We can produce these digital versions at a fraction of the cost of their CD counterparts without compromising the quality and so we can offer them at a much reduced price. For just £5.99 (around $10) you can now order a personalised lullaby to commemorate a baby’s birth, Christening, baptism, naming day, Christmas or church blessing and your baby can be falling asleep to their own personalised song within 24 hours from the time of ordering. By ordering the digital version you are saving up to 75%.
Parents love to show off their baby’s personalized lullaby to friends and family and now you can too! Simply follow the links below to order your lullaby today:
Children love a good fairy story at bedtime to help them sleep. However, we’ve always found the scary characters synonymous with most classic tales to be an odd choice for helping the child get to sleep!
Now the last thing we want to do is to brand these fairy tales as inappropriate for children at bedtime. These stories are part of our culture and parents have been reading them to their children for many generations. If parents want to continue this tradition then we certainly won’t be passing judgement as we’re tired of organisations, politicians and the media telling parents how to raise their children! However, what we have done is create an alternative to the traditional fairy tales that we think some parents may find appealing.
Our latest CD album is a collection of original fairy tales and lullabies totalling over 80 minutes of audio. The fairy tales only contain positive messages and themes but they still manage to engross the listener with the magical and enchanting story lines, interesting characters, rich sound effects, soothing narration and lulling, harmonius music. The CD is great for playing for young children at bedtime as the stories help promote a positive attitude to sleep. Furthermore, the format, unlike a book, allows ‘hands-free parenting’ so mum or dad can softly stroke baby’s hair or just watch him or her drift off to sleep. The fact that you don’t need to have the light on is another big plus as suddenly going from story + mum/dad + light to no story + no mum/dad + darkness is quite upsetting for children to bare.
The album is available on CD or Mp3 download and is very reasonably priced. We are extremely confident that you will find it outstanding value for money as the quality of the audio is unparalleled. You can choose whether to order a CD or mp3 version of the album from this page:
The album is called ‘Snoozy’s Adventures in Lullaby Land.’ Make sure you check it out for yourself and tell us what you think- we’d love to hear from you.
The lovely little lullaby Lavender’s Blue (also known as Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly) is great for playing to newborns at bedtime. You can listen to a sample clip and, if you like our version, you can purchase our album Acoustic Lullabies to Soothe the Soul.
This English folk song goes as far back as the 17th Century. Over the years there have been many covers, some good and some ..well, shall we say, not so good!? Burl Ives, Dinah Shore and Sammy Turner have all recorded their own versions. It had a very popular spell during the 1950s Rock & Roll era when a Philadelphia-born singer/songwriter released his version. He was known as the King of Rock N Soul and also as Big Sol- can anyone name him?
The timeless classic Pachelbel’s Canon in D is from our new album: Acoustic Lullabies to Soothe the Soul. You can listen to an audio sample and download the full track if you wish.
Johann Pacelbel died in 1706 but his memory lives on through his music. This song is a popular choice for weddings but we thought it could also make a wonderful lullaby. We recorded a very special arrangement using only acoustic guitars. We are delighted with the result- it sounds beautiful but don’t take our word for it -have a listen for yourself.
The timeless classic Ave Maria is from our new album: Acoustic Lullabies to Soothe the Soul. You can listen to an audio sample and download the full track if you wish.
‘Ave Maria’ translates to ‘Hail Mary.’ It is one of the most popular songs to listen to at Christmas time and one of my personal all-time favourites.
The traditional song Scarborough Fair is from our new album: Acoustic Lullabies to Soothe the Soul. We recorded a special arrangement of this traditional classic and you can read the lyrics, listen to an audio clip and download the full track as you wish.
‘Rock a by baby’ is from our new album: Acoustic Lullabies to Soothe the Soul. The song is estimated to have been written in the 1600s although there is no concrete evidence to support this. Some believe it was a pilgrim travelling to America on the Mayflower who wrote the song after observing the native women rocking their babies to sleep in birch bark cradles. These cradles were hung from trees to allow the wind to rock the babies to sleep. Because the branches of the trees had to support the full weight, they occasionally broke and this obviously meant that, ‘..down would come baby, cradle and all.’ However, like so many of these ancient nursery rhymes, their origins cannot be confirmed and the legends could easily be fictitious.
Please note, we changed the words in last line of each verse as we believe it makes a much nicer sentiment.
When the wind blows the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks the cradle will fall
But we’ll be there to catch baby and all.
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Brahm’s Lullaby (also known as lullaby and good night) is from our new album: Acoustic Lullabies to Soothe the Soul. You may read the lyrics, listen to an audio sample and download the full track as an mp3 if you wish.
Hush Little Baby (also known as Mockingbird) is from our new album: Acoustic Lullabies to Soothe the Soul. Like with all the featured lullabies – the lyrics & audio clips are available.
Twinkle Little Star is from our new album: Acoustic Lullabies to Soothe the Soul (coming soon). You may browse the lyrics and listen to a short audio clip from this song .
Parents have long been aware of the soothing effects that lullabies can have on babies. However, research has been conducted that has not only proved this scientifically but has also shown the range of positive physical and psychological advantages that lullabies can have on babies. One study that was published in the International Journal of Arts Medicine showed that playing lullabies to babies can reduce their heart rates, increase oxygen saturation and reduce stress behaviours.