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In Lullabies, a Chance for Parent and Child to Bond

Sometimes we may think it is impractical or difficult to put babies to sleep. After all, they are very noisy and keep us up all night. But what if there was a way to change this? To counteract a sound with another sound, perhaps a lullaby for example? Maybe then the baby might go to sleep. According to the Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute the Lullaby Project accomplished just that.

It all started in 2001 at the Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, when teenage parents were having a hard time connecting with their children. The Lullaby Project paired parents up with teaching artists who helped parents draft a letter which spoke to their hopes and dreams for their child. Once the letter was made lyrics begin to emerge and parents began to sing or hum. The song was then recorded and given to the parent so the parent could listen to it and sing it over and over again.

When a parent sings to their child they are building a connection with them. This is because lullabies can be very helpful for babies since the most important sense for the first two years of their lives is their auditory processing or hearing sense. That sense gives our youngest ones the most information about the world. Since lullabies are so important for the babies who hear them, you might be surprised to learn that they can also be important for the parents who sing them. To find out why lullabies are good for parents too, read the full article at the New York Times.