Singing your kids to sleep is not just something grannies used to do. Research at Great Ormond Street Hospital , on children ranging from a week old to 4 years of age, has shown that when you sing to your baby it lowers their heart rate and reduces their perception of pain.
Singing lullabies definitely calms babies.
So dig out that song book – the old ones are the best: Hush Little Baby, Hush a bye baby, Twinkle, twinkle little star etc
And in case you wondered it’s not just the adult attention that does the trick. Reading bed-time stories doesn’t calm children – but that’s not to say you shouldn’t do it as it’s a lovely shared experience.