Lullaby Songs: Best Sleep Aid for Baby
lullaby songs so special?
They are a true natural sleep
aid of course: soft singing while holding and rocking her is THE way to soothe baby
But singing lullaby songs is also all about bonding
: the unique tender connection between you and her.
For ages, moms have naturally sung softly to their babies and children.
Each culture has their own classic
- see The
Lullaby Lyrics Collection
for our very own favourites. Or you may be
creating your own songs too, just singing what comes to mind,
composing the most beautiful baby songs yourself. These are
songs that your children will remember for the rest of their lives.
Lullaby songs help your baby sleep
The familiar and beloved
makes baby feel loved and secure, the ideal
mindset to settle for sleep.
Most lullabies are simple
and even the smallest babies very quickly
Rhyming and rhythm
also help for a little child to pick up
the words and often their favourite lullaby will be one of the first
songs they sing themselves. For these reasons, also nursery rhymes and
be perfect as a lullaby.
And because she so easily recognises these special bedtime songs, a
baby will quickly associate
it with sleep
. That's why lullabies are so important in bedtime
. It's a good idea to pick one or two favourite
songs, and then sing those at bedtime consistently.
Hearing the song over and over close to sleeping, your baby will learn
that it means time for bed.
On a more technical level, holding her close while singing, your baby
feels the vibrations
of your vocal cords and chest movements, helping your baby calm down and
Of course, like with all ingredients of a good sleep routine, there is
no magic, as you know: singing a lullaby song to your baby does not
mean she'll be off to sleep all night in one go ... ;)
But singing is a fun and
relaxing way to connect with your baby
offers great support for good sleep.
Lullaby songs in history and culture
Do animals have lullabies?
baby with sound is quite natural and it is also found in
the animal world.
lullabies are used mostly for bonding. For
animals, bonding is crucial for a mother to know who her young are, and
for the young to recognise their mother.
Bottlenose dolphins make unique sounds
during the first few weeks their young are born. Scientists interpret
these as dolphin
lullabies intended to not lose sight of the young and for
the young to always find their own mother.
It also reminds me of penguins in the arctic. After a long separation,
in which the parents walk to the open see for food, parent and young
find each other in a crowd of thousands and thousands of squeaking
animals. And nature is full of such remarkable and powerful connections
between parents and young.
have lullabies. For ages, mothers and fathers have soothed their
little ones by holding them close, rocking them, and talking or singing.
Many of the songs we have on record to day date from the early 19th
century. The main reason seems to be that that was a time when
lullabies and nursery rhymes were collected and published.
But many original versions date much further back of course.
Having had the privilege to live in different countries, with children,
I have personally experienced how lullaby
songs and nursery rhymes
are an important part of culture
They are the sounds and melodies that you grow up with, that help you
experience your first music.
And when you grow up to be a parent yourself, all these songs and
rhymes you thought long forgotten, pop up from memory for you to sing
to your little ones ... and gently soothe them to sleep.