Despite us all relying on our mobiles 24/7, we still prefer to sing to our babies rather than play music to them, according to research.
A recent survey* showed that 87% of parents would rather sing to their children than play tunes through their gadgets, despite the massive range of voice assistance gadgets that went on show at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
But do you sing a traditional lullaby, or a current pop song that you heard on the radio?
According to the survey, 53% of parents said their child is more likely to settle to the melody of a pop song as opposed to a traditional lullaby. Almost a third of parents admit to singing pop songs to their little ones to get them to sleep.
What do you sing to your baby to help them sleep?
The survey revealed these top 10 pop songs parents sing to their children:
- Thinking out Loud – Ed Sheeran
- Hello – Adele
- Don’t worry – Bob Marley
- Someone like you – Adele
- Stay with me – Sam Smith
- Fast car – Tracey Chapman
- Halo – Beyonce
- Love me like you do – Ellie Goulding
- Wonderwall – Oasis
- Shake it off – Taylor Swift
When asked why they choose to sing pop songs over more traditional lullabies, 37% of parents say it’s because they have an emotional connection to the song, closely followed by 35% who say they prefer pop songs because they are more familiar with the music, 27% sing pop songs that have simply been ‘in their head all day’ and the rest say they prefer these kinds of songs to the old lullabies.
*SOURCE: Lullaby 2016 Survey commissioned independently by Emma’s Diary, surveyed 2,068 UK respondents online.