But when it comes down to it, what do you sing to your baby? In the long run it may not even matter. Still, for many parents it can be a daunting task to come up with repertoire -- especially when it comes to learning long-forgotten lyrics.
That's exactly the problem that new mom and culture commentator Faith Salie is currently facing. "As I listen to the nanny sing him every conventional song under the sun, I realize that I don't know the words," she recently told us. "I had to ask who the bags were for in Bah Bah Black Sheep."
So what have you sung to your little ones? Do you stick with those traditional baby songs and lullabies? Or do you pull out a personal favorite from your music tastes? We're going to pass your ideas along to Faith soon, so share your suggestions below.
Katie Bishop joined the Death, Sex & Money team in November 2014, after a three-and-a-half year stint producing WNYC's Soundcheck. She's also worked for Marketplace, Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and The State of Things with Frank Stasio on North Carolina Public Radio. Katie is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and a native of Rochester, New York, where she grew up playing the cello and dressing warmly.
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