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Month: March 2017


What is the Best Music to Send Your Baby to Sleep?

What is the Best Music to Send Your Baby to SleepMaking babies fall asleep is a huge challenge. They have to sleep at the right time and with exact number of hours. They can’t oversleep during the day or else it will be difficult to put them to bed at night.

One of the time-tested ways to send them to sleep is singing a lullaby. This is true in different countries and cultures. Wherever you go, lullabies are used as they are totally effective. With the right hum, babies will fall asleep in an instant.

The reason why a lullaby is effective is because it is very soothing. The swaying rhythm is also said to be almost similar to the baby’s heartbeat. Lullabies also provide a sense of relief and comfort. This makes the baby forget everything else and just fall asleep.

Another study has revealed that aside from the lullaby itself, the voice of the mother is what makes it even more soothing. A part of the brain is responsible in creating an emotional response to music. When singing a lullaby, this part is stimulated.

A different study has revealed that aside from helping put babies to sleep, lullabies are also effective in improving weight gain. This could also be attributed to the fact that babies can sleep longer. Their bodies are still developing. Hence, getting enough sleep is a must.

Perhaps, the best part of singing lullabies to babies is the development of the bond between the mother and the baby. These babies end up with a better relationship with their mothers as they grow older.

Alternative options

Not everyone is blessed to have a soothing voice which is perfect for a lullaby. Some mothers have a hard time coming up with the right tune. Instead of putting their baby to sleep, it becomes more challenging.

The best alternative is to play a recorded song on your baby’s mobile. Be consistent in using these songs. They must have a go-to-sleep song. Once they hear the song, they will immediately fall asleep. If they are used to it each night, putting them to sleep won’t be a problem anymore. Play the same song if your baby wakes up in the middle of the night. This is a time when it would be extremely difficult to put your baby back to sleep. With the help of the recorded music, it can be done easily.

Babies may also create their own music to help them easily fall asleep. If they enjoy playing drums or pianos, observe the kind of music they create. They might really enjoy the sounds. Record what they have played and use it as a lullaby alternate.

Non-lullaby songs

Lullabies are extremely common in making babies fall asleep. Aside from the common lullabies, there are alternative types of music that can be used. Some babies enjoy listening to classical music. They also have the same soothing rhythm as lullabies. Of course, you are not expected to sing classical songs as they can be vocally challenging. Playing a recorded song is an option.

You might also be surprised that some babies prefer something that is more fun or upbeat. Brazilian or African rhythms might work best for them. Try to observe them first with different types of music to find out which one is the most effective.

As long as you stay away from rap, rock, or hardcore music, it would be fine. Harsh sounds might disturb the baby’s sleep. For playtime music, choose more upbeat songs that imbibe a cheerful environment. Try to vary the songs they are exposed to. This helps them fall asleep even better when it is time to sleep. The song sends a signal to their brain that they have to close their eyes and rest.

There are no specific songs that are considered universally effective in putting the baby to sleep. Generally, they prefer slower songs with a calmer rhythm to easily fall asleep. Understand their needs to make it easier for you to deal with them the next time around.

Again, putting them to sleep can be challenging. It is great that you have soothing music to help you in your effort to make them fall asleep. Use these resources wisely. Keep trying until you find the best songs that work.

Once they are asleep, slowly put them down on their cot and you can finally relax.


Must Have Items for Your Home Music Studio

Must Have Items for Your Home Music StudioIt is possible to have a home music studio by investing on quality appliances and devices. Whether you are into recording for personal use or you wish to come up with near-professional quality output, there are devices you can bring home to make it happen. As long as you invest on the right products and seek help in installing them, recording at home is possible. Here are the essential items to buy.

1. Computer

The good thing is that you don’t need to buy one if you already have it at home. Just make sure that you empty the memory first as these recordings may take up a lot of space. As long as it has a built-in sound card, it would be fine. Laptop computers also come with digital audio converter, MIDI input and output and microphone plugs. This makes it easier to connect the other devices necessary for the recording. Investing on quality sequencing software is also a must. It allows you to edit and mix various tracks, add effects or export files into other storage devices.

2. Microphone

Buy a quality microphone to capture the best sound from the original source. Even if there is advanced technology available to edit bad recording or add effects to make them sound better, nothing compares to quality source recording. With a good microphone, this aspect won’t be sacrificed. If you are planning to record songs for a rock band, different microphones must be bought to equally capture the music. There are smaller dynamic microphones available at a lower price too.

3. Speakers and headphones

Monitor speakers help ensure that the audio sounds exactly as it was recorded. There are no “extras” to spice up the recording and it will sound more natural. Headphones on the other hand are used to listen to previously recorded tracks as a new one is being recorded. It cancels all other noises so that the person recording the new sound can focus well.

4. Audio interface

This device allows you to plug all sorts of microphones, instruments and devices in just one box. You can’t plug them all into your computer. The audio interface will do the job. There is a plug from the interface that can be plugged directly into the computer. It is helpful especially if you are using laptops as they don’t have space for more external PCI cards. Laptops are also generally slower. If you have an audio interface, recording with a band is easier.

Buying equipment for a perfect home recording studio can be costly. The good thing is that there are cheaper alternatives available. Just check out the specs of each option so you can decide to take home the cheaper one since it can provide the same quality result. Besides, if you are into an entry level recording quality only, there is no need to spend a lot of money on state of the art appliances. Perhaps, you can invest on them later if you decide to create more professional recordings.