Norah Jones :: The Sleep Whisperer

It started off very innocently. Emma was about 6 weeks old and a friend put on the Norah Jones CD while we ate dinner. As I watched her in her bouncy chair, I could see her eyelids get heavier until she was asleep – track 1 of the CD was still playing.

The weeks following this were tricky in the sleep department as you’d expect for any newborn and we turned to Norah for support. Just before we fed her the night-time bottle, we decided to test the waters and play NJ…oh my god she’s asleep. This is amazing, this may mean that I can eat my dinner uninterrupted for the first time in 2 months. The next night, we replicate every single detail down to where I was sitting and the positioning of the CD player – another resounding success.

So now Norah Jones is a crucial part of our bedtime routine

It struck me last week as Emma turned one, that our entire household has been listening to Norah’s ‘Come Away With Me’ album (which as it happens has some hidden gems) for almost a year. Yikes. And I’m not even sick of it yet! I then got wondering whether NJ has any idea how much of a baby sleep whisperer she is? I wonder if she has kids of her own and stands over the cot singing her amazing album to them?

I live in hope that other parents have similar things that they have come to rely on, things that you did by accident and resulted in your baby taking a nap for TWO HOURS. The only response to that, is to repeat everything you did in hope that your baby naps like that again! It’s alike to Emma’s love of Bing and Teletubbies – it just works, and she likes it – so it’s here to stay. And if anyone knows Norah, can you tell her that she changed our lives?!


For a while I shied away from mentioning this to other people I know, almost like Emma falling asleep to ballads was our little secret. But now, I look at it much more positively. We found something that works, that relaxes her and it’s allowing her to sleep a bit longer, which is great for her brain development. Creating a routine that works for her hasn’t been easy but I don’t think we will ever be one of those perfect families who have everything sorted. We’re just muddling through, and for now it seems to be working out just fine.



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  1. May 4, 2016 / 8:56 am

    My baby girl is exactly the same but with Ed Sheeran. It was an absolute gem. I would always have his album on my phone and when I got a new one I had to repurchase lol. I also used a white noise nap when she was hysterical – also worked like a charm! I love Norah Jones! Thanks for sharing this #BloggerClubUK

  2. May 4, 2016 / 10:21 am

    Oh I might try Norah Jones! My little one falls asleep on me or his dad a lot, he’s not that good yet at falling asleep by himself. I think everyone just muddles through and works out what’s best for them! #BloggerClubUK

    • May 4, 2016 / 11:11 am

      Thanks so much for commenting, I think you’re right – we all just fine little things that work for us to get through it! X

  3. May 4, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    What a brilliant discovery – well done Norah! Someone should tell her. Mother always used to play Classic FM before my bedtime and it soothed me enormously and got me off to sleep nicely x #puddinglove

  4. May 4, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    How fantastic to have just stumbled upon Norah’s magic! I had that when BP was a baby (11 years ago!), he loved the movie Monsters Inc and would watch/fall asleep to it all the time! LP was far too active for that, but I read to him at night and that’s how he fell asleep. 🙂

  5. May 4, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    Oh my goodness that is amazing that Norah does that! I need to get on our Norah cd here and see if it works! I wonder what it is about her music? It is very soothing though so I can understand that it would be very relaxing and sleep inducing if you were a baby. How lovely that you have discovered this 🙂 #puddinglove

  6. May 5, 2016 / 3:03 am

    Love this! You had me laughing out loud envisaging Norah standing over her baby’s cot singing her album to them. I also love this post as I use the same method as you, only I have sung ‘the lion sleeps tonight’ at every single nap time since our baby was about 2 months old. Twelve months on now and she sings it to me as I carry her to bed! Actually I wrote a post on it! #PuddingLove

  7. May 5, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Anything that works, don’t be shy! This is amazing…I may have to take myself off to purchase that cd. I know ‘come away with me’ and there is something quite soporific about it I can see that. Also I can completely recognise the total repetition of whatever has worked…very familiar! #puddinglove
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  8. May 6, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    That is an amazing album I can totally see why it helps send her off to snoozie land. Pudding like To Hell or Barbados by Damien Dempsey – Not exactly as soothing, but what ever works eh? And you know what – no one lives in a perfect parenting world we are all wandering around in the fog bumping off each other! If it works then just go with it. Thanks for linking, great to have you #PuddingLove

  9. May 6, 2016 / 5:03 pm

    There’s no shame in finding something that works for you and adding it to your routine! Norah does have a rather soothing voice!
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂

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