It was time for our then 5 week old baby girl to sleep so we sang a lullaby, like we did with our first child. It didn’t work. A small pout appeared, then a bigger one. And then she started crying, sadly. What happened?!
Our son loved being sung to sleep. We sang to him till he was two! His favourite lullabies were God Save the Queen, Edelweiss & Old MacDonald had a Farm(in complete monotone). He would sleep so well in the car with his favourite Katherine Jenkin’s Welsh vocals playing on repeat. He would hum the Welsh anthem during his playtime. And now he’s picked up the Australian and New Zealand anthems too!
It’s totally different with our daughter though. We caught a hint of it during my pregnancy when she showed no reaction whatsoever when we played chorals/opera/anthems for her to listen while in the womb. So we tried the other extreme of Rock and Techno beats and electric guitar solos. She kicked so hard it hurt!
It has worked ever since. When she would have a difficult time settling down (especially now in her 4th month mental leap stage), we’d blast the Eric Clapton playlist for her, with I Shot the Sheriff & Cocaine & random electric guitar solos being her favourites currently. I still find it strange that she finds such songs comforting for sleep but the biggest surprise of all came last Thursday.
We were out for lunch at a nearby coffeeshop and it happened to be their official opening day. As part of a Chinese tradition, new business owners would usually invite Lion Dance troupes to perform onsite to bring in good luck and fortune.
Apparently, the auspicious timings for that day was between 3pm-4pm. We arrived at 3.10pm and we had the chance to witness the entire thing. The staff were gently cautioning us that our baby might be afraid of the loud drumming and noise that was about to occur, so we carried her just in case. You can take a look at how loud it probably was in this similar video here.
Miraculously, she FELL ASLEEP. I literally did a double take. How was it even possible! She was out cold. Dead asleep. It was her first encounter with such an event and she fell asleep!!
So Moms out there, if you’ve had trouble with lullabies and getting your child to sleep, maybe the problem isn’t with the singing. Maybe your child just has a different (or crazy, in my case) taste in music. They could be rock stars, classical singers, football commentators or rappers in the making. And it seems they start really really young nowadays!
Vincent & Debra Kwan, Founders of Hiro & Jack and stay-at-home parents with the odd life.