A writer for Romper asks, what are the best songs to lull a baby into sleep?
According to a study published in the journal Sleep, when babies and toddlers had a set bedtime routine — including a bath, a massage, and hearing their mom and/or dad sing a lullaby — they fell asleep faster, slept better, and enjoyed a longer stretch of uninterrupted sleep than children who didn’t. Not surprisingly, the moms in the lullaby group were more satisfied than their counterparts, whose babies didn’t get as much sleep. If I had to guess it’s probably because sleep is life but, hey, I’m no scientist.
Another study published in the journal Psychology of Music found that singing lullabies to children in hospitals lowered their heart rates, reduced anxiety, and patients reported lower levels of pain than what they experienced when someone was reading them stories or not interacting with them at all. The lullabies sung to children in the study included “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, “Hush Little Baby”, “Five Little Ducks”, “See Saw Marjorie Daw”, and “Hush a Bye Baby.” I totally need to learn more lullabies, apparently.
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