Helping tots off to land of nod

Mums and little ones enjoy singing along at one of the Sing, Soothe, Sleep lullaby sessions at Cruden Bay Library
Mums and little ones enjoy singing along at one of the Sing, Soothe, Sleep lullaby sessions at Cruden Bay Library

A new initiative taking place at some Aberdeenshire libraries has been created to help little ones fall fast asleep while listening to soothing lullabies.

Project leader Irene Watt plays a number of childhood songs on her harp when visiting Boddam and Cruden Bay, libraries so that babies drop off to sleep.

During the Sing, Soothe and Sleep sessions, the parents are encouraged to sing along to lullabies such as Ali Bali.

She said: “Five years ago I was doing a PhD into how music affects you but nobody had looked into the lullaby type music. Whilst I was doing my research I contacted Aberdeenshire Council then to ask if it would be alright to go along to mother and baby groups to gather some data so once I had finished my research I took my findings to the council which eventually led to these sessions being established.

“The sessions are not only really beneficial for the babies but for the mums as well. It helps calm them and the babies down. It is just a lovely thing for them to do. Since we have started all the mums say they are really enjoying it and that it is really working.”

Susan McKay, Aberdeenshire libraries Early Years Librarian, said: “It has been fantastic to offer these sessions in some of our smaller libraries. We hope the young families who attend will continue to visit the library now that they have seen the range of resources available to them and their children.”