Keep calm and sing along

Keep calm and sing along

Nursery rhymes and lullabies: now scientifically proven to keep kids calm

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So it turns out there really is something in singing to children – a study in Montreal has found children stayed calm for twice as long when they listened to a song than when listening to speech.

The speech and music were both in Turkish, so the songs and language were unfamiliar to the children. Babies stayed calm for about nine minutes when listening to the Turkish song, but roughly only half as long with speech, regardless of whether it was normal speech or baby talk.

But sorry mums – apparently it's no use playing Rihanna to the baby! The song played was a Turkish 'play' song, based on evidence from other studies that the simplicity and repetition of songs like nursery rhymes is what helps children stay calm.

Apparently Western mums speak more often to our children than we do sing – and we are therefore missing out on supporting our babies' emotional development and learning emotional self-control.

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