Sounds for Silence
-It's definitely not uncommon for babies to cry but there are ways to soothe your little one. And today, we're gonna tell you about a two-part program called Sounds for Silence that uses a special CD to calm your baby down. -Typically, she'll fall asleep after getting patted in the middle of the night, but, you know, we have had times when she's been up until 5:00 or 6:00 in the morning just, you know, and nothing will calm her down. -Heidi Walters says her 4-week old daughter, Ingrid, also gets fussy after her noon time feeding. -You know, she'll cry and cry for what seems like hours at a time. And I just don't know what to do to stop her. It's very upsetting because, you know, you will see your little baby crying and it feels so bad because you don't know what to do to make them feel better and, you know, all you wanna do is make her feel happy and rested and calm and I don't know what to do sometimes. So, it's upsetting. -So, we introduced her to Dr. Harry Zehnwirth, creator of the Sounds for Silence Program that soothes unsettled babies. -It's very common for babies to be unsettled. Like one in three babies become irritable in the first few months and they can cry inconsolably and we need tools, ways of helping them [unk]. -That's why the doctor turned more than 25 years of pediatric experience into the two-part Sounds for Silence program that includes a book in the soundtrack. The soundtrack has a Mozart track from when babies are distracted, but not fussy and six soothing tracks that mimic the sound your baby hears in the womb. -Sounds for Silence, which is a compilation and unique combination of sounds and distract, engage and then soothe a crying baby. -Dr. Zehnwirth played one of the tracks for Ingrid. -So, it sounds to me like it's one of the womb-like sounds. Is that what you're trying to recreate here? -Yeah. Yeah. Well, I think so. Babies hear all sorts of sounds. They're very loud. They're all the sounds that you're all hearing and plus the placenta, the blood flow, the beat of the heart, your voice and it's a loud environment. It's low-pitched. The reason that's low-pitched is because the sound travels through a fluid-filled environment before it reaches the baby's ear. So sounds that babies hear in the womb are less than 500 MHz. -The doctor says that low-pitch is why lullabies don't work as well as Sounds for Silence. -Lullabies are not low-pitched and lullabies don't remind babies of the womb experience. So they work to some extent, but then it won't [unk] ten times than it work [unk]. -Dr. Zehnwirth says in order for the program to be effective, you have to play the tracks louder than your baby's crying. -And otherwise, the baby doesn't hear it. So the volume needs to be set at least at that level. Baby hears it. Becomes distracted, engaged, settles, then the volume can be turned down. -Along with the soundtrack's swaddling is recommended. The Sounds for Silence book teaches a technique referred to as SMS. -To SMS your baby really stands for Sounds, Movement and Swaddling. They are the three core ways that measures the parents can settle down a crying baby in the first four to six months. The book also looks at other methods to settle your little ones. -Sounds for Silence can't be used in isolation. It's a great tool, but with that tool, swaddling, movement, pacifiers and dummies, massage, baths are all useful as well in the first few months. -The program works best for babies four months and younger. So how long will it typically take to sooth her? -After a few minutes. -Okay. -But one of the two babies actually settle under one minute. -Wow. -As she's doing at the moment. -Yes, she sure is. She looks like she likes it. -I'm glad. I'm joyful that parents are finding life easier and babies are having easier times [unk] that's my passion through to really make lives easier for struggling parents in parenting. And parenthood is not all rosy and that's pretty tough stuff. [unk] usually. -The Sounds for Silence program is already a huge hit in Australia and now it's making its debut here in the United States. For more information about the program, you can go to Soundsforsilence.com.