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Safe sleeping practices for babies.

According to the CDC [1], every year about 3,500 babies die from sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs).  While we still don't know that much about it, it has been shows that practicing safe sleeping habits can reduce the risk greatly.


Findings published by the journal Pediatrics [2], shows that many parents do not follow any of the safe sleeping practices that are well-known to reduce the risk of SUIDs and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).  The number one rule being to put your baby to sleep on her back.

Here are the a few main safe sleeping practices:

1. Put your baby to sleep on her back, at the very least until their 1st birthday.  This counts for both night time sleeping, as well as naps.  It has been shown over and over that babies that sleep on their backs are much less likely to die from SIDS than babies that sleep on their stomach.  Even if your baby suffers from gastroesophageal reflex, it is still better to have her sleep on her back.

2. A firm sleeping surface is a s…
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Playing music to help your baby sleep.

Sleep is one of the most essential aspects of a baby's development.  It helps their bodies and minds develop, and the truth is that music can play a major role in both the development of your baby, as well as helping them achieve a more restful sleep.


Even though your baby's brain is not yet fully developed, the reality is that they are actually not much different from adults when it comes to the basic structure and functionality of their brains.  This also applies to the auditory cortex portion of their brain.

The auditory cortex forms part of the temporal lobe of the cerebral cortex.   This is one of the first parts of the brain to develop, meaning that playing music to your unborn baby can already have benefits.  In fact, some studies have shown that playing music for your baby in utero (while still in the womb) can help create a better foundation for their reaction and appreciation for music once they are born.  In other words, playing music for your unborn baby can make i…

Your baby's sleep is important, but probably not in the way you are thinking.

In her book "How Babies & Toddlers Really Sleep" [1], Erica Neser [2] talks about how sleep has a specific kind of impact on how a baby's brain develops.  In just one cycle of roughly one hour, your baby will store memories, lay down paths between brain cells, and then finally secrete growth hormones.


It is important that your baby goes through these cycles during sleep, and according to Dr Nils Bergman [3], babies that sleep on their mother's chest experience all the correct sleep cycles and phases.  However, babies that are left to sleep alone might not experience these cycles at all.  According to Dr Nils, while babies that sleep alone might look like they are sleeping, their brainwaves are scrambled.

One of the many fears of parents is that their babies' brain will not develop properly if they do not get enough sleep.  Erica believes that this is one of the major factors to why parents try to "teach" their babies to sleep through the night.  It …

The amazing benefits of hugging your baby

Have you ever had that feeling that you just cannot give your baby enough hugs? And that you just want to hold her as much as possible.  Well good news, a recent study [1] has found that hugging your baby during the early part of their life can help with brain development, as well as help with other trauma newborns may experience.

A survey done during the research showed that by presenting your newborn with gentle displays of affection can actually have a lasting effect on how the baby's brain reacts to touch.   This is especially relevant to premature babies, where it was found that the more supportive touch the baby received from their parents and the hospital staff, the stronger their brain responses were.
View this article on how the music can help premature babies feed.
While we as parents might feel our hearts growing every time we hug our babies, the truth of the matter is they that your baby's brain is actually growing faster because of it.

So parents, don't be shy …

Music can help premature babies feed

An amazing study done by Loewy J et al. [1] in 2013 showed that soothing music may encourage premature babies to feed better, as well as improve their vital signs (like their O2 saturation levels as well as heart rate). It is speculated that this is one of the reasons why singing lullabies to babies comes so naturally to parents and carers.


Listen to Soothing Sound and Song, a Majors for Minors album that adds soothing voices with celtic influences as well as tibetan bowls, pink noise, below average heartbeat tempos and sound frequencies, all designed to calm

[1] Loewy J et al. The effects of music therapy on vital signs, feeding, and sleep in premature infants. Pediatrics 2013;131(5):902-18

Music Contributes to Children's Language Development

“Perhaps the most important problem in neuroscience is understanding what it means to be human, and music is an essential part of this.” 
These are the opening words of cognitive neuroscientist Robert Zattore's presentation during a workshop on Music and the Brain. 

For the workshop, the National Institutes of Health and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts convened a panel of experts to discuss the current state of research on music and the brain.  

The workshop was organized around the three life stages — childhood, adulthood, and aging. 

Over the course of a day and a half, the group noted that in addition to promoting language development, music has a positive effect on the development of other cognitive functions including attention, visual-spatial perception, and executive function. 

Boost your child's language development with music from Majors for Minors.
The first session of the workshop was titled "Building: Music and the Child’s Brain" The panel o…

Improving Sleep in Children: Using Lessons Learned from Children with ADHD

It is probably every single parent out there's hope that come nighttime when they put their little one to sleep, things go smoothly and the child drifts off to sleep without issues.  For a lot of parents, this however is not the case.

Visit Majors for Minors for classical music to help your baby sleep.

This is especially true of children with ADHD.  A study done by Sung, Hiscock, Sciberras and Efron [1], reported that in Australia 78% of parents stated that their child with ADHD has problems sleeping.

Why do children with ADHD have problems sleeping? While children with ADHD are more prone to other mental health issues such as anxiety [2] and depression [3], which can both lead to sleeping problems, some ADHD medication can also be a perpetrator [4].

More than the above though, studies have found an association between ADHD and the CLOCK gene [5].  This is the gene that helps to regulate our circadian rhythm, a biological clock we all have that tells us when to go to sleep, when to…