Thursday 8 December 2016

Hairdryer treatment: Radio station offers soothing sounds to help babies sleep

Published 05/11/2016 | 00:46

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A new radio station has launched, filled with soothing sounds - such as a tumble dryer - to help parents get their newborns to sleep.

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Sleepyhead Radio has gone live in Portsmouth and offers gentle sounds from the home and nature. If a pilot scheme goes well, the team behind the launch hope to spread it across the UK.

Its presenter, Sam Oakley, came up with the idea after struggling to get her son to sleep.

She said: "My son George was the inspiration for these wonderful sounds. He would only sleep by the tumble dryer so we made a recording of it to help him sleep.

"When other parents wanted a copy we produced a CD containing a range of soothing sounds. Now it's lovely to be sharing them with listeners in Portsmouth and creating an oasis of calm for new parents in such a busy city."

Before the radio station launched, the sounds were previously only available on CD or by download.

The most popular tracks downloaded by parents were tumble dryer, d ishwasher, h airdryer, f an heater and b athroom shower.

Sleepyhead Radio also includes practical advice for new parents from the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).

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