Baby sleep sounds are now being specifically engineered to help infants relax and sleep. Newborns sleep more than they’re awake. The National Sleep Foundation recommends newborns aged 0 – 3 months get between 14 and 17 hours of sleep every 24 hours. Infants aged 4 – 11 months require almost as much sleep at a recommended 12 to 15 hours. And toddlers still need lots of extra rest: the National Sleep Foundation says children between 1 – 2 years old should sleep from 11 to 14 hours a day.
Even missing as little as half an hour or an hour of sleep can have a significant impact on little ones; our earliest months and years are most vital to our lifelong growth and development. If your infant or toddler is having trouble sleeping, science suggests certain sounds can help babies fall asleep and stay asleep. White noise and pentatonic music are two baby sleep sounds to help lull your little one into dreamland.
Soothing playlists of sleep sounds for your baby
We know loud sounds can keep us awake. Scientific studies further inform us that even after we drift off, our brains continue to process sounds while we’re sleeping. Particularly loud and/or sudden sounds can disturb our sleep cycle even if they don’t rouse us. Sounds affect our babies’ sleep cycles just as they affect ours. Sound can be a major determining factor in whether your baby has a restful or fitful night’s sleep.
Understanding how profoundly sound affects sleep was part of what inspired a small, Berlin-based team of scientists, artists, and developers to create a novel sound technology called Endel. The adaptive sound engine of Endel creates personalized ambient soundscapes that promote sleep, relaxation, and focus — in real time. Scientific findings like how white noise helps infants sleep, how relaxing sounds reduce stress and anxiety, and how relaxing sounds have a positive effect on heart rate and blood pressure inspire the soothing soundscapes Endel generates.
Now, getting your little one to sleep can be as easy as putting on a baby sleep sounds playlist. Endel has combined the array of sounds scientifically proven to promote relaxation and improve sleep quality — sound masking sounds, naturally-inspired sounds, and pentatonic music — into full-length sleep sounds playlists. Endel’s five sleep sounds playlists are now available on Apple Music and Spotify. Just press play and allow these soundtracks to lull your baby to sleep and keep your little one from waking due to disturbing noises.
Click the “play” button below to preview the Rainy Night, Clear Night, and Cloudy Afternoon playlists (then click “listen” if you wish to view the album on Apple Music or Spotify).
1) Soothing Baby Sleep Sounds: Rainy Night Playlist Preview
2) Soothing Baby Sleep Sounds: Clear Night Playlist Preview
3) Soothing Baby Sleep Sounds: Cloudy Afternoon Playlist Preview
Why these playlists help your baby sleep
The above sleep sounds playlists — along with the Sleep: Cloudy Night and Sleep: Foggy Morning playlists, also available on Apple Music — can help your baby get the extensive sleep he or she needs during the most crucial stages of development.
The Endel sleep sounds playlists’ use of pentatonic music is one way it helps soothe your baby. Pentatonic music is the music made on a scale with five notes per octave. Studies link listening to pentatonic music to reduced stress levels in low birthweight infants. Endel’s use of pentatonic scale and pure intonation results in simple sounds for your baby that are both pleasant and physiologically natural.
Sound masking is another big part of the Endel playlists’ sleepy effect. A Healthline article on white noise for babies suggests “babies may be able to fall asleep faster with white noise in the background,” and further notes “white noise can block out household noise such as older siblings.” Knowing white noise helps babies sleep, it’s also helpful to understand that naturally inspired sounds can be a particularly comforting form of sound masking. And Endel’s use of naturally inspired sounds in its playlist tracks — sounds like falling rain and gentle breezes — serve as excellent sources of natural sound masking.
Turn on the soothing sounds of Endel’s sleep playlists when your baby is ready for a nap or to go down for the night. You, too, can rest easy knowing your baby is resting peacefully … immersed in the sounds of tranquil sleep.
You can also download Endel in app form — for personalized, real-time sleep sounds — here, or via the button below: