Monday, June 15, 2009

Zombie Chorus vs Musical Sleep Philosophy

After the Christmas holidays, we were having trouble getting Buster to sleep well, and in desperation, I dug out a pamphlet that had come with some parenting packet we’d received. It was entitled, “You Don’t Have to Let Your Baby Cry: The nurturing way to help your child sleep. . . using Heartbeat Music Therapy.”

The guide included a CD, and I popped it in the player, figuring that the micro dude was constantly waking up anyway and the CD couldn’t do any damage. The tunes were all nursery rhymes overlaid with a heartbeat sound, and the idea was that the baby would be lulled to sleep by the gentle singing.

The music definitely helped, and we got two uninterrupted nights in a row, but SwingDaddy and I both admitted that the music was just kind of . . creepy. Like a zombie brainwashing chorus.

Imagine “London Bridge is falling down” sung at dirge tempo, but with the words replaced as such:

You are going to sleep all night
Sleep all night
Sleep all night
You are going to sleep all night
Sleep, sleep, baby

Would this affect his brain? Would he turn into a mushy-headed Kool-Aid drinker?

After a couple of weeks, I decided that I couldn’t take the creepiness wafting through the house and swapped CDs, in case Buster would be happy with some other kind of music, preferably less culty-sounding. I had recently unpacked my Suzuki piano CDs, so the micro dude got a night of Bach and Mozart. He slept right through the night.

Whew. The Heartbeat Therapy went back onto the bookshelf.

But now I wonder, will the Mozart exposure make him smarter? Or will the unintended result be that all classical music makes him sleepy?


Anonymous said...

That sounds like a pretty creepy CD. Sometimes any positive repercussions are not worth the risk that your child will one day rise in the zombie revolution. ;)

mayberry said...

Oooh, baby mind control! That does sound weird.

Right now we are wearing out an "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" Cd that includes stories and songs. Quite tolerable.

Asianmommy said...

Haha! Classical music in the car does make me feel sleepy. :)