How soothing sounds help babies

How soothing sounds help babies' sleep and development
How soothing sounds help babies’ sleep and development

By LeapFrog's Baby Care Team

Sleep is one of the most important ways to support your baby's health and brain development, and introducing some relaxing sounds is one of the best ways to help your child sleep better. Let’s talk about the science behind some of the best sounds for an express ticket to dreamland!

White noise
While silence is appreciated by most adults when it comes to trying to fall asleep, that is not the case for babies. Why? They are simply not used to silence. Inside the womb, babies are constantly surrounded by ambient sounds — like the beating of mom’s heart and the air moving through mom’s lungs. Removing all that sound from their environment can be stressful and scary! That’s where white noise comes in — white noise is a steady, unobtrusive hum that plays in the background and masks other noises, like sirens and barking dogs. It simulates a womb environment and calms babies.

Pink Noise
Pink noise is a variant of white noise that uses deeper sounds and lower sound waves. Like white noise, it simulates auditory conditions in the womb and helps soothe babies.

"White or pink noise is recommended for babies,” says WeeSleep® sleep consultant, Janey Reilly. "Both have a consistent, soothing sound that supports healthy sleep."

Nature sounds
The steady sound of rain and rushing rivers elicit feelings for relaxation in adults and children alike. For thousands of years, our brains have adapted to interpret them as non-threatening noises, which helps reduce your fight-or-flight response and helps your baby doze off into dreamland.

Music and Lullabies
Babies' brains are designed to process music. Lullabies not only calm babies by slowing down their heart rate, but they also ignites many areas of child development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition, pattern recognition, and reading skills. To achieve this, the music must be soft, soothing and relaxing in order to create a calm atmosphere. A good time to have lullabies playing would be when you are preparing your child's bath and during their bedtime routine before storytime.

Now that you know how beneficial the right sounds are for your little ones, it’s time to introduce some tunes into your nursery! Luckily, LeapFrog baby monitors come with all of these sounds and melodies to help your child achieve the optimal sleep environment! They even come with a sound & light profile recommended by the experts at WeeSleep®.