When I had my baby, I wanted to sing to her all the sweet lullabies I could find. I had researched music for children when I was younger, and I know the importance of singing and talking with a newborn and baby. (Read more: Early Childhood Music and the Brain from Lullaby Link) I have seen how babies can calm down with soothing music, and engage with mom during fun singing activities. Music so very important to our lives, and good for us. (Read more: Does Singing to Your Baby Work? from Psychology Today)
Since it had been many years, since babysitting and hearing my own mother singing lullabies... I totally forgot the tunes and the words! I was a new mom, first time mom, and headed back to the office after 6 weeks, so every moment I shared with my baby needed to be memorable & special. Singing to her was important to me for that social time during and between nursing. Maternity leave went by too fast, and our evening routine left us just a few hours each weekday, until she was over 6 months old.
I found a book called Bedtime Lullabies: Eight snuggle-up lullabies to share. It had song buttons, and beautiful glittery images that captivated my baby. It has since gone out of print. The buttons long stopped working, but it is a treasure to my daughter still at 3 years, and still a resource for me when she wants "a long, long, long, long, long lullaby, please?".
Share your favorite lullaby books and tips below!
Here are some of our favorite short, sweet, classical, christian, irish songs. They are great for repeating, and getting slower each time:
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
- Rock-a-Bye Baby
- Hush, Little Baby
- Sleep, Baby, Sleep
- Brahm's Lullaby
- All Through The Night
- All the Pretty Horses
- I See the Moon
- Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
- Toora Loora Loora
- Daddy Boy
- Micheal Row Your Boat Ashore
Do you have a family favorite lullaby? Share below!
Lovsin, Polona. Bedtime Lullabies. Sywell?: Igloo, 2013. Print.
Lullaby Link Resource
Today's Parent website Lullaby Lyric Resource
Does Singing to Your Baby Work? from Psychology Today