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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Good idea or bad idea?

Aspen usually goes off to dreamland listening to "love songs after dark" on FM100.3. My favorite is when on Saturday night it morphs into "soft Sunday sounds." I'm serious.

Having her music on during the night is a fairly new development. She's been having trouble sleeping longer than two hours at a time (oh, you haven't seen the circles under my eyes?) and around Christmas I decided to play FM100 for her to see if that helped.

I'm not sure if it makes much difference to her, but I know that when I'm nursing her or soothing her in the middle of the night, it's nice to have the radio playing. It's almost like I'm not alone. And during Christmas I loved hearing the quiet holiday music floating through the pink house in the evenings.

What are your thoughts on playing music for your child(ren)? Do you have a success story? I know that one time Kelly Clarkson saved the day when Aspen was particularly screamy for Zjani. And unfortunately Aspen always has a positive reaction to this Yo Gabba Gabba song on Seth's phone. If I have to hear it one more time...


  1. I think it's great, we are big on white noise and always have the fan on when Milo sleeps. A friend of mine gave me a CD called "A Child's Prayer: Primary Songs for Bedtime." I really like it and if Milo is super upset it always seems to calm him down.

  2. I have mixed feelings. Also, disclaimer: I'M NOT A PARENT. (I feel like I need to shout that fact before expressing opinions about children before I am rudely reminded of it by an offended mother.)

    I admit, I almost always fall asleep to the sound of the TV. And my husband has his damn fan on constantly. But I'm not sure these are positive things. Becoming dependent on white noise to sleep is actually a pain; I never get good sleep while camping because it's just TOO QUIET, and staying overnight at a friend's house is always restless because I don't have my proverbial security blankets.

    So, yeah, music is not a bad thing. But NEEDING a specific noise (or blanket or teddy bear, etc.) to get decent sleep? That's nothing less than tragic.

    In other words, I have no real answers for you. :)

  3. Aubrey has a music toy that I turn on before naps and bed. It plays lullabys and classical music for 15 minutes. It also has images that shine on the ceiling and change color. I think it helps, along with her toy puppy she has music, something to look at, and company.

    My older sister has 2 kids and does the same with them.

    I wish I could fall asleep to noise. I have to have silence, and have now resorted to using earplugs. Music sounds nice.

  4. I never played music for my babies; I could see the concern with it becoming some sort of crutch, but you're probably OK if you do.

    However, this summer I went to DI and bought CD players for my two older kids (ages 4 and 7). They were both having issues falling asleep and getting in and out of bed for two hours every night. It's been moderately successful with keeping them in bed, but it's been so fun watching them really getting into music. We check out kids' CDs at the library and we've bought them a few of their own. Sometimes I think I'm going to scream when my four-year-old plays Raffi all day (Bananaphone!), but I like that they love music so much.


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