November 3, 2011 | in Nanny
There are many lullaby CD’s on the market. Some lean toward the traditional lullabies that have been around for many years. Others will have newer selections. In my experience kids will fall asleep to almost any soothing music, but it’s important to pick music that they will enjoy listening to for at least a little while. Once, while on vacation I did not have our regular CD for my daughter to fall asleep to so we opted for just a classical CD. It worked, but the second night she asked for something different because she didn’t like that the music didn’t have any words. Some children may be fine listening to instrumentals, but just be careful when picking out classical music that you don’t get any that have a loud, fast section in the middle, because that will probably wake up your child instead of lulling them to sleep.
- Lullaby and Goodnight: This song is also known as Brahms’s Lullaby. There are only two verses to this song, but it has been recorded in many different languages over the years and put many a sweet baby to sleep.
- Bedtime Baby: It’s purely an instrumental, but it’s lovely. The melody is soothing and the range of notes is limited so as to provide a calmer more restful song. There were many good reviews of this song and many with testimonials claiming that it works on both babies and adults alike. This makes a great relaxation song as well.
- All the Pretty Little Horses: This song is by Bethany Trainor and has a beautiful arrangement. There are several verses to this song, but they are all soothing and lovely. This song has been remixed and rerecorded many times. Some CD’s just use the tune of this song without the words, but I don’t recommend that because the lyrics are great.
- Return to Pooh Corner: Kenny Loggins recorded this song as part of his collection of lullabies for his son. A very cute song even if you don’t like Winnie the Pooh, but a must have if you like Winnie the Pooh. His whole CD is called Return to Pooh Corner and it’s full of wonderful songs for children.
- Goodnight: A song by John Lennon of the Beatles is a rare look at the softer side of John. While his version is nice, I prefer Barbra Streisand’s version of this song because it is much more flowing and soothing for a child.
- Sleep Baby Sleep: Another traditional song that has been around for what seems like ever. The older songs have such funny lyrics about tending sheep and watching stars. They are from a simpler time when more people were shepherds that actually watched their flocks. Just thinking about that puts me to sleep.
- Lullaby for Teddy: A cute song about trying to put a child’s teddy bear to sleep, but while doing so hoping to put the child to sleep as well. The lyrics are so very sweet about if you close your eyes Teddy will too. A soothing and relaxing song with a message at the level that children can understand.
- Tomorrow We’ll Go to the Fair: Tanya Goodman sings this song and it tells a story about going to the fair, but first we must sleep. “The sooner you sleep, the sooner we’ll wake; tomorrow we’ll go to the fair”. A very clever song with words on the level of a child and very soothing. Often children are so excited about what they are doing the next day that they have trouble calming down and this song addresses the excitement and the need to fall asleep now so you can have fun tomorrow.
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Doesn’t the title of this song just make you smile? A great song for kids to hear before drifting off to dreamland. Kermit did a version of this song which was just as cute as could be, but not a great lullaby version. Many people have recorded this song over the years. Kenny Loggins recorded a version that is very soothing and would be good for falling asleep to.
- Someday Baby: This song talks about some day that the child can be anything they want to be. Someday they will fly like a butterfly. A song that would appeal to any age child and still be soothing and restful. I find this song to be inspiring to think about what wonderful things my child will do in the future.
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