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Soothing Sounds for Baby

White Noise

Why babies like it

It drowns out jarring distractions, like a ringing telephone and loud voices.

Bonus for you

Your baby can fall asleep while you carry on with regular, noisy activities.

What to do

Buy a white-noise machine or CD, or download some tracks from Parenting.com/whitenoise. Whirring fans, though not the same frequency, also work.

Your Voice

Why babies like it 

Your baby was able to hear you in the womb during the third trimester, so now your voice is recognizable and comforting.

Bonus for you 

Whispering can quiet a fussy baby. Because the sound is so soft, it may distract him from crying as he tries to find the source.

What to do 

Experiment with various pitches and rhythms to find the one that best soothes your baby.

Lullabies

Why babies like them

Simple, repetitive melodies, unlike complex classical music and songs with words, aren't overstimulating, so they help babies relax.

Bonus for you 

Lullabies have an almost trancelike effect on babies -- sleep will come quickly!

What to do 

Play or hum slow, repetitive tunes, or let your child's musical mobile work its magic.

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