I'm posting this here because I don't think it's specifically a 'toddler' issue, and I would welcome ideas from mamas of older kids too. However, if it's in the wrong place, mods feel free to move.
Okay, so this has appeared over the last couple of months. DD loves nursery rhymes and songs and we sing quite a few to her. My saving grace is a big book full of lovely rhymes, songs and stories (most of which I'd lost in the dark recesses of my memory, such as it is!) There are heaps in there, and she has some particular favourites, so some get read/sung a lot, others hardly ever if at all.
A couple of months back we came across the song "Hush little baby" - you know the one - "mama's going to buy you a mocking bird.." etc. I started singing it and DD started crying. I chalked it up to my atrocious singing voice, stopped and moved on. Then we heard it on a CD of lullabies a couple of weeks later and DD *really* got upset. DH had the same reaction one night when he came across it and started to sing it too.
Tonight was the worst. We were doing the usual bedtime routine of her flipping through the book and stopping on the ones she wants me to sing/recite. She stopped on this one and I asked her "Are you sure? This is the song that makes you sad sometimes." She nodded her head yes, yes, yes. So I started to sing it.
I didn't even get to the end of the first line before she was sobbing uncontrollably, and shaking as though terrified. It was so bad I ended up crying too
It took ages to calm her down again - she was clearly scared and heartbroken.
What on earth could possibly be causing this?