Lullabies

by sheilamarie

Singing lullabies to your baby is a delightful way to bond. Lullabies are sung all over the world to calm babies and to lull them to sleep.

Here are some lullabies -- both the time tested classics and a few new offerings -- all for you to share with your baby.

You may enjoy being reminded of lullabies that your mom or dad once sang to you when you were just a little tyke.

On this page you can also discover lullabies from such places as Appalachia, Africa, and the British Isles.

Singing with your baby is an irreplaceable joy!

Lullabies Help You Bond with Your Baby

Sing to Your Little One!

Nothing compares with holding your precious baby close and singing a sweet lullaby as you rock and sway. Soft baby cheeks are like velvet against your skin as she nuzzles close into your neck.

Any song can be slowed down to sing to your baby in a pinch, but there are so many wonderful lullabies the world over that can lull you and your baby into a relaxed state. Maybe you already have some favorites that were sung to you as a child. But if your memory fails you, or if you'd like to add to your repertoire, you can learn some new sweet songs either from a friend or from a CD. It's worth spending a little time learning a few lullabies to share with your little one.

Family Music Programs

Songs and Nursery Rhymes

One of the jobs I have had recently is singing and sharing nursery rhymes and finger plays with parents and their young babies and toddlers. The name of the program is the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program.

What Is the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program?

A group of Moms and Dads come with their little ones and we go through a series of rhymes and songs which the parents learn aurally, the same way their children are learning them. We include a snack and some story telling at the end, then all the families go home and practice what they have learned during the week. The next week we repeat the same songs and rhymes, dropping the easier or more familiar ones and adding a few new ones. Sometimes a parent will suggest a favorite song and the rest of us will learn it, too.

At the end of the ten weeks, we make up a booklet of the songs and rhymes we have shared so the parents can remind themselves of the words in case they should forget, but by that time they usually have it all by heart anyway. The booklet becomes a keepsake of our time together.

What Is Music Together?

When I still lived in Vermont, I took training with the Music Together Program. This music program for families with young children is certainly my favorite musical introduction for children. The program is very well thought out. Based on research by some Princeton academics, the musical program uses recent studies on how children learn music along with traditional folk music from around the world to create a musical program that is unmatched for teaching children in a family setting to carry a tune and to move to the beat.

The best way to benefit from Music Together's offerings is to sign up for one or more of their sessions, but for families without the financial means to do so or who live in an area where Music Together is not offered, you can still enjoy some of their CD's. The lullaby CD offered on this page is excellent with its lullabies from several countries of the world.

What Is Kootenay Shine?

I moved to a place where few people would be able to afford a Music Together Program were I to set one up and where Parent Child Mother Goose was already operating for free. I created some songs with the idea to offer a musical program with local themes for families in the Kootenay area of British Columbia. I made a booklet of my songs, and I may publish them soon. 

 

Music Together Lullabies

Compiled Lullabies from the Music Together Program
Music Together Lullabies
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Some Lullabies to Learn and Sing

Some include Lyrics

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I hope you have enjoyed these lullabies. Maybe you have revisited memories of lullabies you heard as a child or that you used to sing to your own babies. Maybe you have learned of a few you can sing to your little ones now.

Nothing can replace your own voice singing to your child. That was the voice your baby bonded to while still in the womb and so is the most beautiful voice in the world to your baby, no matter how you think you sound. Take advantage of your window of stardom and sing to your baby! No sound could be sweeter.

I hope you return to listen again. I may add a few more lullabies as I find them. I'd like to add more male voices and lower-pitched women's voices as many of these voices are rather high. They're lovely, but I don't want to discourage anyone who cannot hit some of those high notes! Just a reminder, though, that you can always sing the songs an octave lower if you feel more comfortable in a lower range.

I may post some of my original lullabies, too. We'll see.

Please leave a comment below.

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Updated: 08/20/2013, sheilamarie
 
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Comments: Do You Have a Favorite Lullaby?


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sheilamarie on 10/02/2012

True, 2uesday. Ad you might get so relaxed that you can fall asleep more easily, too.

2uesday on 10/02/2012

I think singing to a lullaby to a child can be relaxing for the parent too. If you have a child that does not fall asleep easily singing to it at least makes you feel as if you are doing something constructive that might help to get it to go to sleep.

sheilamarie on 04/24/2012

That's such a great idea, Katie, to still sing to your grown children. I'm sure that connects them to the safe feeling of being cradled in your arms!
@brl: I'll bet you sound lovely.
@kajohu: Isn't it great to pull out all those wonderful lullabies for the grandchildren?

katiem2 on 04/24/2012

I love lullabies, I sang these to my kids all the time when they were babies and tots. I still sing them in times of trouble, when i know they need a gentle pick me up or reminder of the love and security of Mom, the one who loves them and will always be with them no matter what. Great Wizz indeed!

Guest on 04/24/2012

Like you said, it doesn't matter what your voice sounds like. I have a horrible singing voice but my daughter loved it as a small child. It really doesn't matter if you can't carry a tune, the child will appreciate it.

kajohu on 04/23/2012

I remember singing "All the Pretty Little Horses" to my two boys. Now I can sing lullabies to my grandson :-) You have some very nice lullaby examples on this page.

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