As I have said before, I have an angel baby. He is such a good baby and barely cries. We have however, been using a few tricks of the trade such as swaddling, a pacifier and white noise. I’ve been reading this awesome blog “The Troublesome Tot.” and feel much more educated as a new parent. Thank god for the bloggers who post all this new parent info, or I would be totally lost. So lately, I have downloaded quite a few ambient/ white noise apps to my iPhone and they work like magic with the baby. I think even I have been sleeping better.
Today my husband enlightened me with a strategy he has used in recent business meetings and I thought it was pretty genius. He puts on the white noise app we use for the baby at a low volume during meetings and he swears it sets the tone of the meeting and creates a more relaxed environment. If these ambient/ white noise apps can soothe babies and make high pressure business meeting more relaxed, why aren’t we using them in the classroom.
Though the studies I have found on the Internet have had inconclusive results when measuring the benefits of listening to ambient noise during work or creative tasks, I point to the fact that listening to this type of noise has an undeniable relaxing effect. And in a noisy raucous classroom when you want your students to concentrate on a task, I think adding relaxing sounds can’t hurt.
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Here are some apps I have been using for the baby. Why not try these out in your classroom and see how they work?
OmVana (the best one in my opinion, but it’s not free). This is actually a music player. You can download different tracks and mix them. There is a huge variety of music and sounds to choose from.
Relaxing Melodies We have been falling asleep to the cricket sounds on this app. It works wonders with the baby.
Sleep Pillow – I have the free version of this that is a bit limited; however, it does have some nice whale sounds.