I have learned that singing to babies can often calm them down when you can't pick them up and of course we have to use this trick often with twins! I started doing this with Phoebe when she was a baby as I'd have to do dishes, make dinner, go to the bathroom.... I've found not every song works, so you have to find the right song. Sometimes you have to reach into the obscure music knowledge in your head to find the right song. With Phoebe, it was "Close to You" by The Carpenters. Since I didn't have to use this trick very often with her, I didn't get sick of this song right away.
The boys are different. That song does nothing for them. They both love "Yellow Submarine" by The Beatles. Because there are two of them there are many more opportunities to need to use this trick. I'm really getting sick of this song, so I've been trying to find other songs that work just as well. So far I've sung "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" until I've run out of farm animals and then I change it to "Old MacDonald Had a Zoo." And they seem to like "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye, but I can't remember all the lyrics. Last night at dinner I used "Fish Heads" by Barnes and Barnes. I definitely know all the lyrics to that one!
So I have a question for you parents out there. Has anyone else employed this trick and if so, what songs have you found work for your child(ren)?