Your Singing Interferes with My Going-to-Sleep Process


Your Singing Interferes with My Going-to-Sleep Process

Jacob SailerAnne Sailer teaches classes with the popular children’s music and movement franchise, Music Together. When her newborn son started his nightly ritual of screaming for hours on end, she thought, “I know, I’ll sing him a lullaby!”

Turns out, it was the worst thing she could do.

Over time, though, Anne figured out the mystery behind Jacob’s apparent abhorrence to her singing.


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5 thoughts on “EPISODE #1: Your Singing Interferes With My Going-To-Sleep Process

  1. I love this interview and love Anne. Her singing helped me and my first daughter–who never slept. I sang many of the songs to her after learning them in Anne’s class at Music Together.

  2. Wow…I can completely resonate with some of what Anne has shared. My daughter, too, would break down and wail when sung a lullaby; I distinctly remember the two that literally struck a chord with her: “You Are My Sunshine” and “My Bonnie.” Our experiences are slightly different though, because I remember these experiences during my daughter’s toddler years. She could be bouncing on my lap, in the high chair or snuggling with me at bedtime – but, once I broke out in song it was all over. After years of “my own” diagnosis, I truly believe that the melody of these tunes clearly evoked a very somber emotion. It wasn’t so much about he words – it was the melody that she was sensitive to. But happily today, at the age of four, my Audrey is a singing preschooler who communicates everything in song! Although she may still twinge at times in the beginning of “You Are My Sunshine,” her mama can’t help but snuggle and sing it to her anyway…(in an upbeat tempo of course!)

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