Lullabies are a beautiful way of introducing music to your young baby. They are comforting and soothing, and the sound of your voice will help your little one to feel safe and loved. Wrapped up nice and warm in your arms, cuddling and singing creates the most perfect cocoon for the two of you. You will feel amazing as you nurture your baby, and it will form the most lovely memories for you! The association of love triggered by hearing these songs will stay with your baby forever – I still feel all cosy inside when I remember the songs my Mum sang to me. Learn and sing these lullabies – the best 7 there are!
1. The Five Pennies
The words of this lullaby are so lovely. It is about being given 5 pennies: to wish on, dream on, dance on, laugh on, and love on. It tells of all the things you want for your child, and all the things you hope to give them. It’s a old ragtime classic, and the melody is simple and easy to remember.
2. Hushabye Mountain
This is a classic song, taken from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It is all about waving goodbye to all your worries from the daytime, and sailing out to sleep. It is very gentle and soothing, as it encourages your little one to close their eyes.
3. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Taken from The Wizard of Oz, this is one of the best-loved songs of all time! It features Dorothy, as she sings about the lovely things that lie over the rainbow. It is a lovely analogy for a dreamland, and the pretty melody will make your baby feel very snug and contented as you sing this.
4. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
This is definitely one to sing when you are feeling very sleep-deprived! It is so simple, and I often find myself making up my own words to the easy melody as well. The repetitive nature of it will help your baby to feel very safe, and it’s one they will enjoy joining in with when they get a bit older.
5. Baby Mine
This one should come with a warning – it is incredibly sad…! However, it is also a quintessential Disney lullaby, which tells your baby to dry their eyes, and not to be sad. In other words, everything you want to tell them when they’re upset and unsettled. It’s a lovely one, but save it for moments when you’re not feeling too delicate.
6. How Long Will I Love You?
You don’t have to sing traditional lullabies if that’s not your thing. You could sing anything you like, from any era, as long as it is soothing and gentle. This is a brilliant example – it’s actually a love song for a partner, but there’s no greater love than that between a mother and her baby!
7. I’ll Walk Beside You
This is my absolute favourite! It has the most beautiful lyrics, as it talks of how you will always be there, come what may. I turn to this one most often, and find that it gives me perspective when I’m feeling stressed as well!