It was going on 10:00 PM and my three-year-old grandson was
wide awake, with no end to his day in sight. My daughter and
I were working on borrowed energy, watching for any sign that
Taj was winding down. Favorite books were read, and stories
of airplanes tucked safely in their hangars for the night
were told with soft, sleepy voices. Nothing seemed to convince
this little bundle of energy that the day had turned into
night and it was time to bid goodnight to the moon.
I wondered if this
lullaby CD, created for infants, would have the same effect
on Taj and lull him into sleep. I slipped the CD into the
player, shrugged at my daughter as if to say, "It's worth
a try," pushed "Play," and the three of us
settled back in a cozy recliner to listen to the most captivating
and relaxing blend of melodies ever recorded for babies. Part
way through the second track we glanced over at my grandson
and found him sleeping soundly, his little body curled up
with his blanket. Clearly, this CD is not just for babies,
but you may want to consider exposing your baby to this new
style of peaceful music as early as pre-birth!
While adults and children
of all ages enjoy this music and find it soothing, the creation
of this music was specifically for infants who have trouble
falling asleep. The conception and process of creating this
music has a very touching story,
as told by David Austin, Jr., Music Pioneer and SleepWave
"On a crisp
fall day in 2002, my wife sat down with me and our two young
children to share the news from her recent ultrasound: our
baby, due in a few months, would have some birth defects.
Unsure of what lay ahead, we spent the following months
preparing resources and getting ready to love and nurture
our new baby, regardless of her condition.
was born on the eve of Christmas Eve, a sweet, beautiful
early Christmas gift. She was perfect to us, but she had
TEF, a condition that meant that her throat was not connected
to her stomach. Talented doctors acted fast to surgically
repair little Eve's esophagus and although she was in and
out of the hospital for months, the prayers of many were
answered with her eventual recovery.
part of Eve's long and continuing journey to good health
was the consistent need for deep, restful sleep. We quickly
realized that our immense lullaby-CD collection, amassed
over years, was not very helpful in lulling Eve to sleep.
And so it was
that I set out to create lullabies that would soothe and
comfort our youngest child."
Drawing on his experience
as an engineer and scientist, combined with a true love of
music, David threw himself into the project of developing
two processes called Legato Waveforming and Progressive Lulling,
which are both essential, integral and exclusive to all music
produced by SleepWave Laboratories. The results creates a
process that gently lulls the baby from a heightened state
of awareness into a deep sleep by steadily making each successive
song more soothing than the previous one.
Baby Eve, who constantly
needed sleep despite an intrinsic throat hypersensitivity,
responded positively (well, sleepily!) to the new style of
music, by the way. And now this CD is available to other parents
and families. It was a project of love, and now a gift of
love to others.
Deep Sleep Lullabies was co-developed by a Father-and-Son
team: DW Austin, PhD, and David Austin Jr, Arranger. This
beautiful music comes from the heart and soul of a music-loving
father who originally arranged this music to help his medically
challenged daughter get her desperately needed rest.
For more information, please visit the Sleep