When it comes to putting babies to sleep, many parents turn to songs that they remember from their childhood to help facilitate that happening. While many of those songs still work today, some parents may be looking for a little something to switch up their babies’ bedtime routine. And when that happens, everything from traditional songs to Disney classics and everything in between will work. But there are some songs that have been found to work to put babies to sleep at night that may just be worth trying.
There are no right or wrong songs for babies when it comes time to put them to bed for the evening. There is only what is right for each individual baby. Because of this, parents may go through several genres of music before landing on a song that speaks to babies and helps them relax. Part of the fun along the way is trying out different songs.
And if they do not work, parents can change course mid-song to something else that may be better suited for little ones. Fortunately, there are a plethora of songs to choose from over the past several decades or longer that will eventually fit the bill perfectly.
Here are songs to help baby sleep at night.
10 Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star started off as a nursery rhyme for kids. According to Classic FM, it was written in the nineteenth century by Jane Taylor. The original title was, The Star.
Over time, it was put to music to the French tune, Ah! vous dirai-je, maman, to become the lullaby that parents and children have come to know and love.
9 Rock A Bye Baby
There are many interpretations of how Rock A Bye Baby came to be. According to History Dailysome of those stories include:
The Kenyon family made a home out of a hollowed-out tree in the 1700s
Native American mothers putting their babies in cradles hanging from birch trees
Not a nursery rhyme at all but a story about “political unrest” during 1688 in England
There are other anecdotes about the nursery rhyme and then lullaby that exists as well. But at the end of the day, it has been used for generations to get little ones to slumber, providing to be effective in that right.
8 Hush Little Baby
While the author of Hush Little Baby is unknown, what is known is that the lullaby originated in the southern states of America, according to Mattress Online.
What the exact meaning of the lullaby is, the soothing tune helps babies fall asleep. And while it does appear to be a song about bribbing a baby to fall asleep, per the publication, nonetheless, it is effective at getting babies to calm and slumber in no time flat.
7 You Are My Sunshine
A song that has been around for nearly a century, You Are My Sunshine is one of the most recorded songs with over 350 different versions existing since the first song made its appearance in 1939, according to Wide Open Country.
With artists being able to make their own interpretation of the song, the tune can be mournful to hopeful. And while parents may only know the first verse of the song, there are several other lyrics to the song that may be worth learning if parents have to sing the song over and over again to get their babies to fall asleep.
6 Brahms’ Lullaby
The melody for Brahms’ Lullaby comes from Brahms’ Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, gute Nacht, according to CBC Music. And while it is a beautiful song that most know by tune if not by name, there is more to the song than just its beauty.
Per the publication, there is a love story behind the song. This is because Brahms wrote the song for his former love, Bertha Faber when she gave birth to her second son. It appears as though Brahms never got over Faber and wrote the tune as a love song to her.
5 Somewhere Over The Rainbow
One of the most recognized songs from The Wizard of Oz is also a melody that helps babies calm down at the end of the day so that they can easily drift off to dreamland.
According to Columbia News, the most popular song of the twentieth century almost did not make it into the film. But after being pushed by MGM studio head, Louie B. Mayer, Somewhere Over The Rainbow made it into the film and became an instant smash that remains incredibly popular today.
4 A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
A song that encourages people to never stop dreaming regardless of how dire their situation may be is A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes.
Written for Cinderella in 1950, according to Song Facts, the song has stood the test of time and has been recorded several times over, over the past decades to introduce new generations to the song. And by doing so, they dare to dream continues all these years later.
3 All The Pretty Little Horses
Like so many lullabies and nursery rhymes, there is no known origin for sure for All The Pretty Little Horses. However, according to Bedtime Short Storiesmost give credit to Lyn Ellen Lacy.
It has been said, per the publication, that an African slave sang this song as she was taking care of a master’s baby instead of her own.
While the history behind the lullaby is not happy, the tune does help babies to sleep. And while babies may not get “all the pretty little horses” when they wake, it is a lovely song nonetheless.
2 Stay Awake
In Mary Poppins when Jane and Michael state they cannot sleep, Mary Poppins practices some reverse psychology on them via her beautiful lullaby that gets them to fall asleep quickly.
Stay Awake is a popular song for parents to use to help their babies go to sleep because it is very calming. Therefore, parents should not be surprised if their babies go from awake to slumber lickity split quick when singing this song. In fact, parents may feel a bit drowsy themselves as the song draws to a close!
1 When You Wish Upon A Star
Another Disney classic that helps babies fall asleep is When You Wish Upon A Star.
Much in the same vein as A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, When You Wish Upon A Star Tell people to not give up on their dreams. Something that is difficult to remember as people age. But, after singing these songs over and over again, perhaps it is something that parents will remember as they encourage their little ones to dream big.
Source: Classic FM, History Daily, Mattress Online, Wide Open Country, CBC Music, Columbia News, Song Facts, Bedtime Short Stories
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