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Toddler Sleep Music Found to Help with Sleep Training


VICTORIA, Australia February 2014 – Experts agree that toddler sleep music can help a child to relax and fall asleep, as well as extend the length of their sleep. Renowned paediatrician Dr. William Sears advises “parenting” toddlers to sleep by rocking them, lying down with them, or cuddling with them with music playing in the background*  but as many parents know, this very ‘hands on’ approach to getting toddlers to sleep can be exhausting and lead to very time consuming settling routines. Leading author Maureen Healy says music is more helpful when built into the routine because it helps children get into a relaxed state of mind.**

Nurse and mother of three, Deb Herdman composed the renowned Nigh’ Nigh’ Sleepy Head lullaby toddler sleep music CD (which sold out its first shipment at Bendigo’s St John of God hospital gift shop) during her second year of piano lessons. At the time, she was going through the same things most parents do when they have a toddler in the house. Her main problem was getting her 3-year-old son to go to sleep and no matter how many toddler sleep strategies she tried, nothing worked. Until one day, she composed her own song – Nigh’ Nigh’ Sleepy Head – a unique lullaby that helped with sleep training her child.

Deb says, “When I wrote this toddler sleep music and started using this on my young son, who was my last baby, he was then 3 years old. We would have a cuddle and I would rock him and sing the lullaby to him. It was such a memorable and cherished moment as his little body relaxed and fell asleep.”

Nigh’ Nigh’ Sleepy Head is an innovative way of putting fun into the pre-sleep routine (with a sleeping polar bear teddy in pyjamas, with matching pyjamas for toddlers that can be incorporated into the routine) at the same time as helping toddlers to relax into a deep lasting sleep. It was designed to help parents settle children up to 5 years old, but the music CD is not limited to that age group and already primary school aged children are using the CD with great results.

Deb explains, “Any child that can’t relax enough to get to sleep would benefit, because the vocal part of the lullaby talks about sleep, so the brain is given a concrete message that it is time for sleep now, and not other thoughts. The instrumental portion is rhythmical and uses techniques to aid relaxation, and therefore, sleep.”

Deb says, “The feedback from parents using the CD as a toddler sleep strategy has been very positive, with parents always commenting that the music is so rhythmical and relaxing not only for their children, but also for themselves. The lullaby is a godsend in the car, when kids are crying, and is just as effective when on holiday, camping, or places where kids need to relax to fall asleep.”

Michelle from Bendigo, Victoria says, “We found the CD to be quite rhythmic and relaxing, which helped to calm and soothe my daughter ready for sleep. The bear was fun and a good companion for the bedtime routine, not to mention soft and perfect to sleep on!”

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