Sing to me, mum, in the key of love

Ongoing MARCS BabyLab research has revealed that babies do not care what their mothers sing or how bad their voice is, as long as they do it with feeling.

BabyLab Research Student Alison Liew Creighton looks at how songs and lullabies help mothers and babies develop a bond, by measuring their heart rates and observing their behaviour. Her research was recently published as a news article in The Sun Herald.

Liew Creighton told The Sun Herald that the mother's tone of voice should be tailored to the reaction they want from their baby.

"It doesn't matter if you're out of tune, what's more important is that mums sing in a manner that captures their infant's attention and engages them," she said.

The full article was published in The Sun Herald on Thursday, 7 August 2011.

You can find out more about research conducted at MARCS BabyLab by visiting our research page.