The 5 most popular lullabies every parent should know

Nothing is more genuine and beautiful than singing your baby a lullaby as they fall asleep. It is a classic tradition of families everywhere. The soothing sound of your voice helps gently lull your little one to sleep and helps them feel safe and secure. Luckily, you don’t need to have the best voice around to sing lullabies. They are designed to be easy to sing and have sweet lyrics. Every parent should know the most popular lullabies, so they can sing their baby to sleep each and every night.

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Rock-a-Bye Baby

One of the first songs you probably think of when you hear the word “lullaby” is this classic song. “Rock-a-Bye Baby” is a super-popular lullaby that nearly everyone knows. It is all about rocking your baby to sleep. This song may sound like it has a dark ending when the lyrics mention the baby is in the treetops and “when the bough breaks, the cradle will fall.” But these lyrics are just meant to go along with the actions of putting your baby to sleep in their crib. At least, that is one interpretation of it. Regardless, it is still a super-catchy and gentle song to sing.
“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.”

Hush, Little Baby

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Another classic nursery rhyme is “Hush, Little Baby.” This song is all about putting your baby to sleep and telling them to hush. It is about all the things that the mother is going to get her baby so that he/she is happy. This song is essentially telling your baby that you are going to take care of them, no matter what and do everything you can to make them happy. It ends with the sweet lyrics of “you’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.” If that isn’t a tearjerker, then we don’t know what is. Check out the lyrics, so you can sing this loving lullaby to your “sweetest little baby in town.”
“Hush, little Baby, don’t say a word,
Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.
And if that mockingbird don’t sing,
Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.
And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Mama’s gonna buy you a looking glass.
And if that looking glass gets broke,
Mama’s gonna buy you a billy goat,
And if that billy goat get cross,
Mama’s gonna buy you a rocking horse.
And if that rocking horse turns over,
Mama’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover.
And if that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Mama’s gonna buy you a horse and a cart.
And if that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.”

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

This song may not have any particularly loving or sweet lyrics, but it sure is catchy. “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” is essentially just a fun little nursery rhyme that you can sing to your baby whenever it’s bedtime. It is fun to sing and it’s super short, so it is great for a sleepy baby.
“Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
Three bags full
One for the master,
And one for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.”

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

One song that everyone knows is “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” This nursery rhyme/lullaby is super fun to sing. This song is actually based on a much longer poem, but it was shortened to become an easy-to-remember lullaby. This song actually has the same melody as the “Alphabet Song,” so if you forget how it goes, just sing your ABCs.
“Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!”

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

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Another classic is the good ol’ Row, “Row, Row Your Boat” nursery rhyme. This song has a fun tone to it, but it can be delivered in a soft way to gently lull your little one to sleep. It is quite repetitive when it comes to lyrics, but we’re sure that your baby probably won’t mind.
“Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream”
*(Repeat three more times)

As you can see, there are so many great, classic lullabies to sing to your baby. You can change them up each night and see which ones they respond the best to. Babies are more aware of the songs you sing than you might think. They have good taste and will let you know that the song you’re singing is not their favorite. Luckily, there are many soothing choices, so you will surely be able to find the one that your baby adores.

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