Published Dec 15, 2008It appears rocking a baby to sleep sometimes requires some actual rock. In a new British study, many moms named Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Wonderwall" by Oasis as their favourite "alternative" lullabies, saying they're trading in old standards like "Rock-a-Bye Baby" for newer rock and pop songs.
The poll of 2,000 mothers conducted by the Baby Website found that nearly two-thirds of respondents thought pop and rock ballads were ideal for getting a baby to sleep, with one in ten moms saying they couldn't remember the words to traditional nursery rhymes and 13 percent saying many lullabies were old-fashioned.
"We were really surprised to find that moms would rather sing modern pop tunes than traditional lullabies," Baby Website spokeswoman Kathryn Crawford told BBC News. "I expect most moms put the radio on when at home with the baby, and the catchy lyrics make it impossible to sing anything else at bedtime."
However, not everyone thinks Axl and the brothers Gallagher are so good for the wee ones. Simon Cooper of Mother and Baby Music, a company that produces CDs for babies, said: "Babies need ambient and rhythmic sounds to calm them. That is what they get in the womb. Some pop music will give them this, but certainly not all."
Here is the top ten list of "alternative" lullabies:
1. "Patience" - Take That
2. "Angels" - Robbie Williams
3. "I Kissed a Girl" - Katy Perry
4. "You're Beautiful" - James Blunt
5. "Love Me Tender" - Elvis Presley
6. "Beautiful" - Christine Aguilera
7. "Warwick Avenue" - Duffy
8. "Sweet Child O' Mine" - Guns N' Roses
9. "Wonderwall" - Oasis
10. "Girl" - Sugababes
Guns N' Roses "Sweet Child O' Mine"