A music teacher and former BBC Proms presenter has revealed the best song to sing your child to sleep.

Clare Shaw, founder of Mini Mozart, shared her tips for parents overwhelmed by the hundreds of opinions on this topic on the internet and social media.

She said that parents should forget about the "must-sing" lullabies - as the best songs are the ones you sing.

Clare said: "The best lullaby is literally any song sung by you.

"Forget the must-sing lists, your voice is what your child loves and responds to most."

Newborns, according to the NHS, typically sleep anywhere between eight and 18 hours a day within their first two weeks.

However, they rarely sleep for more than four hours at a time and wake up frequently, even at night.

The sleep duration increases as your baby grows.

Ms Shaw, an ex-presenter for BBC Young Musician of The Year and The Proms, shared three tips to help send your baby to sleep.

Adding a personal touch to songs is one of her main pieces of advice.

Clare said that it is not about the song but the soothing power of your voice.

Regardless of whether you're singing a chart-topper or simply humming, your baby finds it comforting.

Music expert Clare has two children and lives in HighgateMusic expert Clare has two children and lives in Highgate (Image: Clare Shaw)

Another tip was how consistently singing the same songs at the end of the day can signify that it's bedtime.

Emotional assurance is essential too - as you are singing your breathing, relaxed posture, and calm demeanour should make your baby feel content.

Clare, a mum-of-two from Highgate, added: "These moments of song and closeness aren't just for now, they lay the foundation for your child’s emotional development.

"So next time you tuck your little one in, pick any song that feels right.

"What matters most is the love and regularity you bring to those quiet moments."

She advised parents to be prepared for unexpected changes, such as growth spurts, teething, and illnesses, that could alter your baby's sleep patterns.

She concluded: "The one thing that is consistent and will help to ride through these changes will be your calm and loving voice."