Embrace your inner karaoke singer, and soothe the bedtime woes with a sweet lullaby. Parents have always known children respond–and relax–when music is played or sung. Select a few tried and true songs as your bedtime chorus, and soon your sweet babe (and maybe yourself!) will be drifting off to dreamland.
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Sung to the tune of the Alphabet Song, this classic poem set to melody makes nighttime seem less frightening by celebrating the beauty of the night sky.
“Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!”
This now popular Christmas song is based on a German carol. Its soothing words and slow tune will ease little ones off into their own silent night.
“Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright…”
Hush, Little Baby
A charming song that teaches cause-and-effect, this fun tune reminds children that parents will always try to fix anything that goes wrong.
“Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
(Mama’s/Papa’s) gonna buy you a mockingbird.
And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
(Mama’s/Papa’s) gonna buy you a diamond ring.”
And so on until you run out of verses or improvisation.
You Are My Sunshine
A lovely reminder that the sunshine will come out in the morning, and that baby is well-loved and cherished. This classic lullaby has become a big hit for musicians as well and can be found to suit almost any taste.
“You are my sunshine, My only sunshine
You make me happy, when skies are gray…”
Widely considered the most popular of church hymns, many parents have found “Amazing Grace” soothes in the nursery as well. With many verses and a simple tune, it is easy to learn (or download to iTunes).
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…”
What puts your little one to sleep at night?