There are a lot of parenting theories and the latest one is that Taylor Swift's songs can help kids go to sleep.
There are tons of joys to parenthood. Hearing your baby say your name, take their first steps, giggle, etc. However, there are also a lot of extra responsibilities that come your way when you decide to have kids. For instance, as a mother, your body changes, you feel overworked and you just need to be extra careful overall. Even your sleep schedule becomes messed up because kids sleep whenever. However, one mother from California said that Taylor Swift's songs have been helping her little one sleep better, per Newsweek.
The mother, Rachael Shepard-Ohta, has three kids. In a conversation with the outlet, she said how she realized that Taylor Swift's songs were making her little one sleep. That was back when her middle child was a baby. She said, "It was right around the time the Folklore and Evermore albums came out when I was pregnant and postpartum with her." She further added, "I am a huge Taylor fan, so I was listening to the music anyway and realized it worked with soothing her to sleep, especially when we were in the car—which she hated."
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She even shared her discovery in a video on Instagram via Rachael Shepard-Ohta (@heysleepybaby), which resulted in a lot of other parents agreeing with her and saying that Swift's music helped their kids sleep as well. However, a lot of people also spoke about how music in general helped their kids sleep. While Rachael did make a playlist for moms to use, she understood that figuring out what works for one's kids requires a lot of trial and error. A study by the NLM (National Library of Medicine) on the impact of soothing and peaceful background music on the quality of sleep stated that children who listen to relaxing background music at bedtime have superior sleep quality.
The reason music is effective in making a baby sleep is that listening to music results in the release of endorphins, the hormone that promotes contentment and happiness. According to UNICEF Parenting, "When young children interact with others, the positive effects of listening to music have been seen to extend to personality traits, like being helpful and cooperative." A sleep specialist named Nicole Ratcliffe said that a child sleeping peacefully to music also has a lot to do with their mother. She told Newsweek, "If the parent is feeling calm, less anxious or hopeful that the music works, this calmness may rub off on their baby." She explains that how people feel as parents has a lot to do with how a kid feels, behaves and reacts. She says, "If we are feeling anxious and our breathing and heart rate are faster, this is what our little ones pick up."
The basis of Ratcliffe's statements is that how a parent feels and is as a person extends to their little one and shows in their behavior as well as personality. When a parent is confident and happy, so is their little one. She says, "A calm and confident parent is likely to have better results than a parent who is worried, questioning themselves, and not sure what to do." While music may or may not help, it is different for each child and one must navigate what works for their kid and what doesn't.