Music is universal, and parents the world over have been singing to their babies to soothe them since the dawn of time.
New research from Harvard University’s Music Lab has found babies relax even when sung to in a different language, with an unfamiliar song.
“These findings suggest that infants may be predisposed to respond to common features of lullabies found in different cultures,” an abstract from the research paper read.
The research also found the babies relaxed more with lullabies, rather than other music.
There truly is a magical, soothing, relaxing element to lullabies!
And there’s some real benefits to singing lullabies to your babies, according to the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, including stimulating language development, helping to lull your baby to sleep and building the foundations of a strong emotional bond.
Here’s some of our favourites:
- Frère Jacques
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- Rock a bye baby
- Hush little baby
When in doubt, this one works wonders!