A lullaby really can work magic. Science tells us why and how

Lullabies have a scientifically proven soothing effect on children, aiding sleep and reducing stress.

The science: Research indicates that lullabies slow children’s thoughts, helping them fall asleep faster.
* Lullabies have been found to soothe preterm infants, decreasing heart rate and respiration and reducing time spent in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Cross-cultural phenomenon: Lullabies are present in various cultures worldwide, indicating their universal effectiveness.
* Singing to infants can also boost parents’ confidence, leading to less postpartum depression and higher wellbeing and self-esteem.

Note for parents: Singing ability is not a requirement, as slow tempo is the key element in lullabies’ soothing effect.

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