Sleep like a baby? But an old-fashioned remedy can help: the lullaby. Nearly any song — regardless of lyrics and melody — can be re-imagined as a lullaby. Still, some songs seem to particularly lend themselves to sending baby off to dreamland. This classic nursery rhyme is believed to date back to 18th-century England though it may have originated in America.
Theories abound as to the meaning of the mysterious and ominous! And while the notion of a falling cradle may not seem very restful, this melody has lulled babies to sleep and weathered the test of time.
This classic Beatles song written by John Lennon for his son Julian is peaceful and soothing. Think of "Good Night" as an audio take on the classic bedtime story Goodnight Moon. Different variations of the lyrics — originally in German — accompany different versions of the song, but all are full of comfort. The lyrics to this classic — heard in day cares around the country — come from a poem by Jane Taylor that was written in With its images of stars and the night sky, along with the disappearing sun, this song is the perfect way to evoke sleep.
Listen to this version of the lullaby by Jewel. This classic hymn, especially as sung by the incomparable Etta James, is deeply emotional and stirring. Plus, parents may appreciate that the song is easy to hum and sing. Sure, it may be about a late night and bidding farewell to a date, but these lyrics — and the slow, easy-to-sing pacing — lend themselves to sleepy time with babies. Listen to the full song. You can sing this classic French lullaby — about a friar who oversleeps — in either English or French.
Your choice! The deeply hope-filled chorus of this African American spiritual song is likely quite familiar. Parents can sing the whole song, or simply repeat the chorus, until babies drift off to dreamland.
Sing this classic tune to lull your baby to sleep. You can point out the stars in the night sky as you sing. The simple lyrics make it easy to remember. Listen along to the melody here. As parents croon this hit song from The Wizard of Oz , they may wish that their babies will be able to discover this wonderful land where dreams come true. Universally, though, the notion of better things when you awake remains constant in all variations. Listen to this soothing lullaby. Davis used to sing the song while seated atop Sunshine, his horse during his successful campaign for governor of Louisiana.
Stick to the chorus for a more upbeat experience. This song channels what moms and dads might be thinking as the witching hour approaches. Not much is known about the origins of this relatable song, which is full of sweet promises and parental love. Give this classic, sung for generations, a listen. This is a classic nursery rhyme that parents can croon to their babies before naps and at bedtime. The four-line song can be repeated for four rounds. Parents can have both those meanings in mind as they sing these sweet, tender lyrics to whisk their baby off to slumber.
Hear the Disney song. Got a daughter? Share this Stevie Wonder song, which is an ode to his own daughter, Aisha. Listen to Stevie Wonder sing his lullaby. While parents of daughters can sing Stevie Wonder's touching lyrics, parents of sons can turn to John Lennon for their nightly lullaby. The song is infused with messages of hope and comfort. Parents, get ready to use some sophisticated reverse psychology with this ditty from Mary Poppins.
Listen to Julie Andrews croon this sleepy lullaby. The educational health content on What To Expect is reviewed by our medical review board and team of experts to be up-to-date and in line with the latest evidence-based medical information and accepted health guidelines, including the medically reviewed What to Expect books by Heidi Murkoff.
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