Cody Comer gently laid his 3-week-old daughter, Carrigan, on top of his guitar and sang the baby a lullaby to get her to sleep

By Char Adams
March 28, 2019 11:00 AM

A first-time father in Missouri took lullabies to a whole new level when he sang to his 3-week-old daughter with the baby perched on his guitar.

Cody Comer, 21, of Carthage, said he was playing his guitar when his wife, Chandra Comer, asked him to try putting their new baby, Carrigan, down for a nap. Getting creative, the doting dad used the little girl’s love of music to do the trick.

“I slid her up on the guitar really easily and started playing really softly,” Cody tells PEOPLE. “I know she likes music so I figured it would make her fall asleep, and sure enough she went right to sleep.”

Cody shared a video of the sweet moment on Facebook, showing Carrigan fast asleep on top of the instrument — with one of her little arms hanging. The aspiring country star played music icon Merle Haggard’s “Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star” in the clip, which has since been viewed more than 68 million times.

“My wife asked me to see if I could get our daughter to take a nap today because her and the ladies were busy doing something so we took a nap daddy’s way!!!” Cody wrote in the video’s caption. “And it works every time!!”

Credit: Cody Comer Music

Chandra told ABC News that she was shocked to see the baby fast asleep on her husband’s guitar.

“To me, it was adorable and something I had never seen before,” Chandra told the outlet. “[I was] at first kind of scared, though, because I was like, ‘What if she falls?’ — but she was so content and just knocked out asleep that all I wanted to do was capture it.”

Carrigan slept on the instrument for up to 10 minutes before the couple put her in bed. And the parents say the baby has always loved Cody’s music — even before she was born.

“When she was inside of my stomach even — because [Cody] plays all the time — the reaction was she’d just kick all the time,” Chandra recalled to ABC News. “As soon as we got home from the hospital, he started playing again and it seems like it soothes her every time.”