As parents, we go to great lengths to finesse (and stick to) our bedtime routine. But there’s one critical part of the ritual we’re slowing phasing out: lullabies. According to a recent YouGov poll commissioned by the Lullaby Trust in the U.K., just over a third of parents with kids under the age of 5 actually sing lullabies like “Rock-a-Bye Baby” and “Frère Jacques” at bedtime.
The problem? Singing to your baby can actually keep them calm for twice as long as talking to them, per a University of Montreal study. They’re also proven to be a precursor to later academic success, says Sally Goddard Blythe, director of the U.K.’s Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology.
Ready to change your tune? To help you get started, we rounded up the lyrics to nine of the best lullabies. (Permission to improvise—or work in some Adele—granted.)