Babies and music: Mums reveal the pop songs that hypnotize their babies and help calm tantrums

I have a message for Ed Sheeran – thank you! You, or more specifically your Perfect song, are the reason my baby is quiet at dinnertime. It’s a bit of parental magic.

My son Noah became a fan of the song, when it autoplayed after an episode of The Wiggles he was watching on YouTube. Since then, he refuses to look at anything else. And I can assure you that Ed Sheeran’s voice on loop is much better than another series of Cocomelon.

So every night while he’s eating his dinner, we listen to the song and watch the clip. It’s the only thing that calms him when he’s restless, and the only thing that calms him for meals.

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Noah could listen to the song five times without getting bored. (Instagram)

I thought my son was the only baby with a pop song addiction, but after share a video from his obsession with Instagram, I realized he wasn’t alone – parents everywhere revealed the unexpected tunes that work as anger diffusers for their babies.

Mum Brooke shared a video of her 10-month-old daughter Isla enjoying the sweet sounds and visuals of Drake’s Too Sexy while enjoying his lunch.

“Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles is my six month old daughter’s quiet song. She literally stops in the middle of a tantrum and smiles when I put her on,” one mum wrote. “The only song that keeps my daughter from falling apart is Tones & I – Dance Monkey,another said.

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Little girl listening to Drake during lunch.
Brooke’s daughter is a big fan of the rap song. (Instagram)

Other hits the babies loved included Cold Heart by Dua Lipa and Elton John and Without You by Kid Laroi.

Ed Sheeran’s other well-known tracks, Shape of You and his latest, Shivers, were also popular picks.

The songs not only calm their babies, but help parents with typically difficult tasks like dinner time and fall asleep.

It’s been suggested that the refreshing new taste of music may just be a ‘pandemic baby’ trait, but, whatever the reason, the pop songs are a welcome relief for parents used to hear people like baby shark repeat.

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