The power of old Siberian lullabies
FROMone of the earliest lullabies is said to have been engraved on a stone slab around 2000 BC. In the centuries that followed, people from all cultures around the world used these melodic and rhythmic songs to soothe their children, especially when it was time for bed. But what is the peculiarity of lullabies.
The repeating structure of the motif promotes relaxation
The repetitive nature of lullabies encourages babies to enter a relaxed state. Most of them have a simple structure and a melody that repeats over and over again, making it easy for little ones to master.
It's also helpful for those who sing, as they don't have to memorize a lot of difficult words and verses! Repeating a tune can become very meditative, allowing babies to clear their minds and focus on enjoying the moment.
Slow rhythms encourage easy rocking
Lullabies are often sung in a slow manner or rhythm, which seems to reflect a slight swaying.
Lullabies often have a distinct, steady rhythm that can be very similar to a mother's heartbeat, the first sound a baby hears. This enhances the calming effect on an infant or young child, especially at the end of a busy day.
Proximity and connection reduce stress
Unlike songs that encourage babies to move, lullabies are usually shared with babies in the arms of a loved one. This closeness adds to the child's sense of security and maintains the emotional bonds between him and his mom, dad, or caregiver.
“The light from the window pours into the sails of your dreams. And your way to my shelter is illuminated by the moon "...
When we sing lullabies to our children, we often pet them or gently caress them - these touches are an important way to show the child that he is loved.
And let's not forget eye contact. When you gently sing, look at the child's face to understand that you are connected with him. These shared moments of intimacy have a huge positive impact on both you and your child's stress levels.
Physical, Mental and Emotional Benefits
The words we sing in more modern lullabies often focus on the coming of sleep or our love for our children. It helps enhance positive emotions and promotes good sleep before bed.
While we associate lullabies with very young babies, toddlers and older children can enjoy them too, especially when they feel out of place or uncomfortable.
A fascinating study jointly conducted by Great Ormond Street Hospital and the University of Roehampton found that child patients in the hospital experienced "decreased heart rate, less anxiety, and reduced perception of pain" after being sung to lullabies.
Proof that these songs can help kids feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.
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