“We want to enhance a parent’s capacity to bond, because we want the parents to be able to know what to do when the baby is irritable,” said Joanne Loewy, founder of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine. Choosing a song that connects culturally to the family helps build a family bond. “You don’t sing any old song to a baby. If the parents are Indian, they will have no relevance with an American lullaby. Currently, we are recording a Hebrew prayer in the key of the mom, to work with the baby so that there is continuity of care when he goes home.”
A nap may not seem significant but it was an important milestone for Team Fiona to see our hippo bloat comfortable enough to sleep together as one “pod”. Large groups of hippos often sleep in close proximity in order to provide plenty of places for hippo calves to squeeze in; this provides the calves both protection and easy access to the surface for air while napping. You can see that Fiona has found a safe nook between Bibi, Henry’s head, and the wall -perfectly cozy for a hippo calf! The hippo family is spending more time outside together but not on a set schedule.