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.