Audrey Hepburn’s version of Moon River as well as Frank Sinatra, hip-hop songs and Phil Collins are the songs chosen by Doncaster parents to help send their children to sleep.
A survey by BT found that 49 per cent of Yorkshire parents chose hip hop songs to play as bedtime lullabies, with 22 per cent belting out songs from TV ads
When it comes to getting babies to sleep, classic lullabies are often put to one side as parents find inspiration elsewhere.
Vanilla Ice isn’t the first thing that springs to mind for soothing a baby, but it’s made it into the top 10 lullaby chart.
The ultimate song to send babies to sleep is the classic Moon River made famous by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The full top ten is:
1. Moon River - Audrey Hepburn
2. My Way - Frank Sinatra
3. There Must Be An Angel - Eurythmics
4. Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
5. Lazy Song - Bruno Mars
6. Islands In The Stream - Dolly Parton
7. A Groovy Kind of Love - Phil Collins
8. OMG - Usher
9. Stay With Me - Sam Smith
10. Timber - Pitbull Ft Kesha
Sporting anthems are a firm favourite too, as 13 per cent choose their favourite rugby anthem to get their little ones to sleep.
Classic lullabies are also still popular with parents and 62 per cent have changed the words whilst singing to their baby. Although the reasons for this are mixed between forgetfulness and wannabe song writers, with nearly one in five (19 per cent) parents making up their own words because they don’t know the original and more than one in three (37 per cent) changing their lyrics to make them more personal.
The top three lullabies Yorkshire parents sing to their baby are
2. Rock-a-bye Baby
3. Three Blind Mice
There is only so long a parent can sing to their child each night before they get bored of their own voice, which is why over half (54 per cent) of parents say musical lullabies on a baby monitor is one of the best features to help their baby to sleep. One in four (25 per cent) parents also say the white noise, such as vacuum cleaners on a baby monitor helps to soothe their baby. But when they do sing, nearly half of parents (42 per cent) say they have sung to their child via their baby monitor.