Favorite Baby Lullabies

Help Baby Get to Sleep With a Sweet and Favorite Tune

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Singing lullabies is a simple activity you can add to your baby's bedtime routine to help promote a good night's sleep. Research suggests that singing to babies before they can talk helps them develop language skills. During the transition from wake time to bedtime, a familiar song or poem can help cue your baby that it is time to sleep. Here are some favorite songs to help you and your baby relax and get some rest.

The Most Popular: Brahm's Lullaby

The quintessential sleepy time song, "Brahm's Lullaby" was originally written in German but translated to English centuries ago. You may only know the first verse, but here are the full lyrics to this classic bedtime tune.

Lullaby, and good night,
With pink roses bedight,
With lilies o'erspread,
Is my baby's sweet head.
Lay you down now, and rest,
May your slumber be blessed!
Lay you down now, and rest,
May thy slumber be blessed!

Lullaby, and good night,
You're your mother's delight,
Shining angels beside
My darling abide.
Soft and warm is your bed,
Close your eyes and rest your head.
Soft and warm is your bed,
Close your eyes and rest your head.

Sleepyhead, close your eyes.
Mother's right here beside you.
I'll protect you from harm,
You will wake in my arms.
Guardian angels are near,
So sleep on, with no fear.
Guardian angels are near,
So sleep on, with no fear.

Lullaby, and sleep tight.
Hush! My darling is sleeping,
On his sheets white as cream,
With his head full of dreams.
When the sky's bright with dawn,
He will wake in the morning.
When noontide warms the world,

He will frolic in the sun.

'Hush Little Baby (Don't Say a Word)" Lyrics

Do you know all the words to the classic American lullaby, "Hush, Little Baby"? These lyrics are often adapted and personalized by parents, but the traditional lullaby goes something like this:

Hush, little baby, don't say a word,
Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird.
If that mockingbird don't sing,
Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring.
If that diamond ring gets broke,
Mama's gonna buy you a billy goat.
If that billy goat won't pull,
Mama's gonna buy you a cart and bull.
If that cart and bull turn over,
Mama's gonna buy you a dog named Rover.
If that dog named Rover won't bark.
Mama's gonna buy you a horse and cart.
If that horse and cart fall down,
You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town.
So hush little baby don't you cry,
'Cause Daddy loves you and so do I

Military Song Can Be Short and Sweet Lullaby

If you are concerned about making your baby's bedtime routine too long, opt for a short lullaby that can be sung in seconds. This military lullaby, also known as "Taps", is easy to sing.

Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest;
God is nigh.

'Rock A Bye Baby' Lyrics Might Need an Update

The original lyrics to "Rock A Bye Baby" are a little frightening at the end, as it seems the baby in the song falls out of a tree, but somehow it remains a staple for many parents. For older children who understand the words, an edit may be in order, but for smaller babies it's probably not necessary.

Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree top
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all.

'Sweet Baby James' A Modern American Lullaby

 American singer songwriter James Taylor wrote this sweet song about cowboys and moonlight ladies for his nephew, also named James. Taylor has also called Sweet Baby James a self-lullaby of sorts, which he created on his first trip to meet his namesake. It includes the line "singing works just fine for me." Find the full lyrics on James Taylor's website.

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