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Why Toddler Sleep Music is Important for Children and their Parents


VICTORIA, Australia June 2014 – They range from whinging and whining to sobbing, crying and screaming… from biting and hair pulling to hitting, throwing and kicking. They’re every parent’s worst nightmare in a public place, and mostly frustrating and draining for whoever is on the receiving end. It is the toddler’s temper tantrum; mostly unavoidable and often regular.

Toddler tantrums become most common around four general themes; hunger, discomfort, the need for attention and the need for sleep. Good sleep is very important for a toddler’s development as the production of vital growth hormones is increased during deep slumber. The recommended amount of sleep for babies depending on their age, is between 3-6 continuous hours, and 10-12 hours for toddlers.

According to medical and health journalist Caroline Cassels’, there is a potential link between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and lack of sleep. Children with sleeping difficulties score higher on ADHD subscales, with only an extra 30 minutes of sleep being the difference to improved cognitive test scores.

Deb Herdman, who after having a baby in her mid-40s wanted to find a way to make sleep time easier, turned to toddler sleep music as a solution. Nigh’ Nigh’ Sleepy Head was born; a company delivering a range of products developed to help settle and prepare babies and children of all ages for a solid night’s sleep.

“I did extensive research and nothing like Nigh’ Nigh’ Sleepy Head’s music was on the market. To have simple lyrics combined with instrumental all on one CD that has meditative qualities and features to enhance the relaxation-to-sleep process is unique,” says Deb.

The Mayo Clinic in the USA, a not for profit organisation providing medical care, research and education to their community; recommends playing the same music to weary babies and toddlers at sleep time, to help train the young brain to associate the music with sleep time.. The Mayo Clinic’s toddler sleep advice is to recommend that parents play a continuous CD, depending on the needs of the child.

Nigh’ Nigh’ Sleep Head’s most popular product is the lullaby CD that encompasses both vocal and instrumental toddler sleep music. The full 46-minute playtime is one continuous track, with decreasing volume to minimise any disruption in that first 46 minutes of settling. It is designed to encourage deeper sleep, and can be played on repeat if settling takes longer, which is often the case when children grow older.

“The feedback from parents has been very positive, with parents always commenting that the music is rhythmical and relaxing not only for their children, but also for themselves,” says Deb. “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.” In addition to the CD, Deb has developed other ‘toddler sleep strategiesmerchandise to put fun into the bedtime routine, which can often be tearful and anxious for many youngsters and frustrating for parents.

Leanne, from Bendigo Vic says, “I got this product for my grandson who at the time was having problems sleeping. Since starting with the CD he now sleeps all night. It takes a few days to work but once they understand, it’s wonderful. He now knows when the music starts its time for bed. He will even ask for Nigh’ Nigh’. He now goes off to sleep very relaxed there is no fighting to go to sleep. I have also used it with my 8 yr old. She has been a very restless sleeper. Now she has been waking up smiling and a lot more refreshed. I would not hesitate to recommend this product to anyone.”

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