Mobiles for preemies are actually frowned on, but they are fine for older chronics. In the last two years I gathered all the research on music therapy in the NICU that I could find, including a book used in college music therapy programs. The title is," Music Therapy for Premature and Newborn Infants. It is distributed by Barcelona Publishers, phone is 603-357-0236, web is www.barcelonapublishers.com
. I got our program approved through the medical director and nurse manager. Listened to around 70 lullaby CD's, selected the best according to what the articles and book said were appropriate for different gestational ages. The infant's sats would increase as soon as the CD started. Parents loved it and each infant had his own equipment. As the infants aged nurses knew to expose them to different colored CD's from our CD library of over 150 copies. Yellow were for 24-30 weekers with very slow lullabies and heartbeats, pink had soothing female voices for up to term, and then blue had more elaborate music, male and female voices for term and over. All was fine till we hired a NICU consultant who spent 3 days observing in our unit and she said she didn't feel that there was enough EBP to support our program. So presently we are on hold!! If your unit happens to have the Mosby book, Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants - I ordered mine from Children's Medical Ventures- there are 5 pages of conflicting data on music therapy. What I find so frustrating is how we ignore how noisy, and I mean noxious noisy, phones ringing at bedsides, babies crying , staff loudly laughing and do nothing, and then crack down on something that appeared to work well. From what I read the womb is a noisy place and they learn language in the womb. The best research, but a small study, showed that playing a CD of momma's voice 5 times a day, showed a statistical difference in speech understanding at the age of 6.3 years. This research is in the Music Therapy book. I'd set up a study if I had support and the time cause this topic fascinates me. Hope this helps.