Traditional lullabies are being ditched by parents in favour of chart topping pop songs to sing their children to sleep, a survey from the manufacturers of Symphony in B has revealed.
Half of the 2000 parents surveyed admitted that their children preferred singing along to the chart toppers such as Adele’s Someone Like You and Bruno Mars’ Just the Way You Are over the ‘old fashioned’ numbers like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Robbie Williams’ Angels and Rihanna’s Umbrella also featured in the top five favourites for bedtime songs, with Guns N’ Roses’ Sweet Child of Mine and Taylor Swift’s I Knew You Were Trouble close behind.
The same survey revealed that one in five of the parents quizzed often struggled to remember the words to the older lullabies, with just 15 per cent still favouring the traditional songs.
Jonathan Thorpe, of John Crane Ltd, UK distributor of the musical Symphony in B toy, said: "Many parents seem to be more familiar with pop songs compared to more traditional ones, so it’s only natural they end up singing what they know to their children.
"Any way that parents engage with their children over music is a good thing. Evidence shows that children who listen to music are more likely to develop good language skills and all children find music and rhyme comforting.
"They experience a release of the brain chemical dopamine which helps them sleep more soundly, cope with pain better and generally be calmer."