What helps your baby fall asleep? Rocking in a chair? Listening to a lullaby? This baby gets rocked to sleep, but not in the way you might expect. 

You sing softly to your crying baby. She lulls off to dreamland. That said, not every newborn needs a mummy-led rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to calm down.

This mum found that her crying baby only relaxes when she plays David Bowie tunes. Yep, that’s right–David Bowie. The now viral video shows just how easily the whaling baby stops crying, closes her eyes and falls asleep.

Apparently, this is far from the first time that Bowie’s music has soothed a screaming child. Plenty of Facebook comments (in response to the video) show how other mums have used his songs to keep their babies from crying.

One mum wrote, “My son who was born last year also stopped crying specifically to Heroes by David Bowie. He is now almost 15 months and still calms down and falls asleep to this one!” Another mum commented, “My 5 year old was the same. Loved Bowie. I used David Bowie for everything. She’s scared of self-flushing toilets? David Bowie uses that kind of toilet!! Won’t use a straw? David Bowie Drinks his milk with a straw!! Love this so much!”

Will the David Bowie trick work for you? Maybe. Maybe not. Even though this baby completely calmed down when mum turned on the tunes, not every newborn would respond in the same way. So, if a little Bowie doesn’t work, keep trying with some of your other favourites!


Belinda's a passionate advocate for community and connection. As the founder of the Mum Central Network she’s committed to celebrating the journey that is Australian parenthood. Mum to two cheeky boys, and wife to her superstar husband, they live a busy but crazy lifestyle in Adelaide. Great conversation, close friends and good chocolate are her chosen weapons for daily survival. Oh, and bubbles. Champagne is key.

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  1. My Son(he is 4 now) used to hate sleeping(still kind of does) every time I sing The Man who Sold the World in a slower, deeper beat, he goes down like for the count. Careless Whispers by George Michaels works as well.

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