Any millennial mom will tell you that screen time is a hot-button issue among parenting circles. On the one hand, there are experts who tell parents that screen time can have negative effects, like slower language development and reduced social skills. On the other hand, moms need to keep their sanity and sometimes that requires a little video aid. A soothing nursery rhyme video, for example, can help your little drift off to sleep, saving your already shabby singing voice for future endeavors (like Karaoke night with your fellow mom friends). Not to mention the time you spend signing and rocking can now be used to squeeze in a little me time.
The key to a good nursery rhyme video lies in the song and the scene. To avoid stimulating your little one, search for videos with gentle music and soft, slightly hypnotic imagery. Also, if you’re worried about the effects of screen time, it’s worth noting that the actual screen isn’t necessary for these lullabies to work. Simply set your laptop or iPad out of sight – atop a dresser or changing table near baby’s crib – and you’ve got hours of uninterrupted sleepytime music without any distracting visuals.
To make the search a little easier, I’ve gathered some of my favorite soothing nursery rhyme videos for you and your little one to enjoy. Next time your baby’s ready for a nap, throw these videos on a loop and watch your little one drift off to dreamland.