This Song Was Designed to Make Your Baby Laugh

A developmental psychologist at the University of London, Caspar Addyman, and his colleagues — including singer Imogen Heap — have created the first song engineered specifically to make your baby laugh.  

This team worked with a few requirements:

  • The song needed “musical devices like drum rolls, key changes and rising pitch glides to provide opportunities for anticipation and surprise.”
  • It needed a fairly fast pace since a baby’s heart rate is quicker than an adult’s            
  • It needed to be recorded by a female vocalist, as babies tend to prefer women’s voices.
  • It also had to be recorded in the presence of a baby, as research and real-life experiences show our voices naturally change when talking to an infant.


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