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When buying a music box for your little one, there are a few things you need to take into account. Good music boxes feature a clear audio quality but do not play music too loudly. After all, a music box is supposed to help your child relax and fall asleep easier.
Renowned manufacturers such as Sterntaler or Nattou offer music boxes that come in the shape of a soft baby toy. In such cases, the actual music box is hidden on the inside of the toy. In terms of the design of the music boxes, many differ in the way in which the musical mechanism is built in the toys: either they are firmly fixed or else they can be removed. That version by Sterntaler which features a removable musical mechanism, can be machine washed at 30°C – after all, these little friends do need a good wash from time to time. The products offered by Nattou can be washed by hand.
Please make sure that the music box you plan to get for your little one, does not have the label “decorative item/ article” on it. Even though the decorative purpose of Nattou’s or Sterntaler’s music boxes doesn’t go without notice, your child should still be allowed to snuggle with his new friend from time to time.
The melodies music boxes feature, play an important role as sleeping aids for babies and infants. Manufacturers such as Sterntaler or Nattou prefer using classic lullabies which have a soothing and calming effect on your little one. Modern models are equipped with an MP3 player which enable you to play rock songs, too. This might be a funny idea but quite often turbulent music like that keeps your child awake for a longer time and, as a result, makes him suffer from restless sleep. That is why, we recommend you to avoid these kinds of songs in order to help you little one maintain a healthy sleep pattern.
Many parents choose a music box for their little one that plays the same melodies they know from their childhood. Apart from lovely memories, their experience of a specific song that worked as a suitable lullaby for them, usually makes them opt for the same lullaby for their child. Music boxes by Sterntaler and Nattou are available in various designs and can be equipped with a melody of the parents’ choice as well. Sterntaler even offers interchangeable musical mechanisms in some of their music boxes. If you think that a certain lullaby is played too often in your child’s nursery, you don’t have to replace the whole music box but just replace the musical mechanism instead.
In order to help your little one getting used to the sound of the music box right from birth, you can put the music box onto your tummy during pregnancy. As has been proved, your baby is able to hear sounds from outside in your belly. That is why, your child will automatically connect the melodies of the music box with his quiet world in the womb. This will increase the calming effect of the music box even more.
Further Aspects for buying a music box
Conventional music boxes such as the ones by Sterntaler or Nattou operate on a simple principle: a cord that needs to be pulled in order to activate the music. The musical mechanism of such a music box works without electricity and is thus extremely durable. Modern versions that feature an MP3 player do require electricity supply. So, when selecting a music box for your child, you should always take into account whether it operates on electricity or not and thus get yourself equipped with enough batteries where necessary. Otherwise, the melody of your little one’s sleeping aid will soon fade into silence.
Saving money is always a good thing, but when it comes to choosing the right music box for your baby, the price should not be the only buying criterion. The premium products by Nattou or Sterntaler feature high-quality workmanship that turn each music box into a lifelong companion for your child. Even after long-term use, many of these music boxes play melodies in perfect quality – that is why, many parents pass their music box on to their child.
Music boxes are available in different designs which add to an even greater choice. Apart from the drawstring they feature, many models look like ordinary cuddly toys. When it comes to selecting the colour of the music box, you can decide between girly pink, boyish shades of blue as well as neutral colours. Those music boxes that feature a neutral colour are perfect for when you still don’t know the sex of your baby or when you want to pass on the music box to another child of yours.
When buying a music box, you should consider whether you want to use this melodious toy for the nursery or for your pram or stroller. If you wish to use the music box for the pram, there are versions that feature a loop with which you can attach the music box to the push bar or the like. The loop ensures that the music box is attached securely to the pram and prevents it from getting lost. After your little one’s first few months, he or she will be able to pull the loop independently and thus activate the music on their own.
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