Gently singing lullabies to your baby can be one of the most enjoyable moments of the day, especially when you watch your baby peacefully drift off to sleep. The classic, soothing songs we all know so well have been used to put children to sleep for generations, and using a personalized nursery rhyme book dedicated to your child can make the experience even more delightful.
Here are some of the most enduring, beloved nursery rhymes and lullabies that are perfect for sharing sleepy bedtime moments with your infant!
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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
With its simple melody and rhyming lines, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is a lullaby that quickly becomes familiar to young children, and the sound of your voice can help relax them into sleep.
Rock A Bye Baby
Rock A Bye Baby is one of the most commonly heard nursery rhymes and one we all associate with gently rocking a baby to sleep. Given that Rock A Bye Baby is an old-fashioned, nonsensical style of children’s song, it’s best not to think about the words too much, but the familiar tune and waltz rhythm is a timeless way to help your baby fall asleep!
Sleep, Baby, Sleep
If you’ve spent many nights singing the old favourites to your little one, then Sleep, Baby, Sleep is a great modern lullaby to mix it up a bit. As much as we all love the classic nursery rhymes, it’s always fun to try a new song! Sleep, Baby, Sleep is a simple rhyme with all of the features of a good lullaby – a waltzing, slow tempo, and a gentle melody. It has peaceful lyrics about a baby getting ready to fall asleep and enjoy a nice dream, with their loving parents watching over them. You can check out a video of the song and learn the words on YouTube, here.
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella)
The story of Cinderella is a true classic, and what better way to introduce your baby to the Disney masterpiece by singing them this beautiful song! With its soothing tune and peaceful, happy message, A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes is a charming number for you and your baby to enjoy. You can even choose a personalized Cinderella book for your child, where they can get to know the story of the popular princess character, as well as learn this touching song!
La La Lu (Lady and the Tramp)
The tune of La La Lu from Disney’s classic movie Lady and the Tramp is very familiar and widely associated with lullabies! It’s sung in the movie by the mother character Darling, and is often the tune played by mobiles and other musical items for babies. There’s many different lyrics that can accompany this calming tune, but the version from Lady and the Tramp is a popular one. You can see it here in this video clip!
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Somewhere Over the Rainbow originally appeared in the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, where it was sung by a young Judy Garland. Judy Garland played the main character Dorothy, and the movie follows her adventure as she is transported to a magical fantasy world. The Wizard of Oz has become one of the most popular children’s stories of its generation, making it a favourite among parents and children alike! There are now lots of versions of Somewhere Over The Rainbow by different artists, who offer varying takes on the gentle melody and nostalgic feel of the song. If you’re a fan of the song yourself, you’d certainly enjoy singing along to your baby as they settle down to sleep. Here is a clip from the original movie if you need to be reminded of the words!
This well-known Christmas carol originates from Germany, like many of the other Christmas traditions we celebrate! The lyrics, translated from the original German, talk about the baby Jesus resting in the manger after he was born. Silent Night is a gentle, moving song that makes for a great festive tune to help lull your baby to sleep on a cosy winter evening!
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Best Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes to Put a Baby to Sleep: The Sparknotes
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- Rock A Bye Baby
- Sleep, Baby, Sleep
- A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella)
- La La Lu (Lady and the Tramp)
- Somewhere Over The Rainbow
- Silent Night