There is something so special about snuggling up with your kiddo and singing or listening to a sweet lullaby, isn’t there? My son (15 months) is not the most snuggly baby, but without fail he nuzzles his head into my shoulder and relaxes his whole body into mine as soon as I start our nightly songs. It is perfection - I wish I could bottle it up and save it forever!
There are so many benefits to singing lullabies with your babies, from cognitive development to better sleep routines to parent-child bonding. (This NYT article is a fun read)
Today we wanted to share a couple of our favorite lullabies with you. We’ve used these with our own kids, and we’ve sung them in our live classes so many times.
In between lullabies we get a visit from our puppet friend “Presto” the wild donkey who gets the kiddos up and moving, before calming down again for another gentle song. “Adagio” the turtle and “Legato” the swan also make appearances. These musical helpers can also be found in our monthly music subscription courses - more info on those courses here!
Isn’t it amazing how music can affect our mood? We hope you experience a calm, restful moment as you listen to these lullabies. Do you sing lullabies to your children? Which song(s) do you sing? How does music affect your mood and your children’s moods? We’d love to hear in the comments!
Golden slumbers kiss your eyes
Smiles await you when you rise
Sleep little baby, do not cry, and
G C D7 G
I will sing a lullaby
Cares you know not, therefore sleep,
While over you a watch I'll keep.
Sleep, Pretty darling, do not cry,
G C D7 G
And I will sing a lullaby.
Hush Little Baby
Hush, little baby don't say a word
Papa's gonna buy you a mocking bird
And if that mocking bird don't sing
Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring
And if that diamond ring is brass
Papa's gonna buy you a looking glass
And if that looking glass gets broke
Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat
And if that billy goat don't pull
Papa's gonna buy you a cart and bull
And if that cart and bull turn over
Papa's gonna buy you a dog called Rover
And if that dog called Rover don't bark
Papa's gonna buy you a horse and cart
And if that horse and cart turn round
You’ll still be the sweetest little babe in town