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The Best Lullabies for New Parents (in English)

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woman holding baby singing lullabies

It’s definitely a go-to for parents with babies to calm them down and lull them to sleep by singing lullabies but which ones? That seems like an inane question but there’s a lot that goes into it. There’s the go-to song (the one that immediately pops in your head when calming a crying baby at 3 AM), the easy ones (with repeated phrases), the popular ones (the ones you probably remember from childhood), and then some families also have lullabies passed down from one generation to the next.

Here we’ll discuss why I consider lullabies as being in these categories and what that means for them. I also want to help you find some other songs as inspiration for those middle-of-the-night wake ups with Baby. So let’s get started.

What are lullabies?

Lullabies are traditionally gentle songs that calm and quiet babies and small children and lull them to sleep. They are typically sung by parents or caregivers to babies to help them calm down and fall asleep. Sometimes called cradle songs, they have historically passed knowledge and traditions down through generations.

Lullabies aren’t just beneficial as a sleep aid for children. They also teach kids words and work to develop their communication skills. Young children can begin to develop their understanding of emotions through the facial expressions, or feeling faces, of the person singing the song. Lullabies are a good way to keep a child’s attention too and strengthen that habit when communicating with others. Using a melody to communicate with kids can make it easier to attract their attention and peak their interests, making conversation more effective.

Some lullabies examples are:

  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
  • Brahm’s Lullaby
  • You Are My Sunshine
  • Over the Rainbow
  • Baby Mine
  • When You Wish Upon a Star
  • All Through the Night
  • All the Pretty Little Horses
  • Rock-a-Bye Baby
  • Hush Little Baby
  • Frere Jacques
  • Golden Slumbers
  • Dream a Little Dream
  • Hey Jude
  • Go To Sleep You Little Baby
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Wheels on the Bus
  • Old MacDonald
  • One I Caught a Fish Alive
  • Hey, Diddle Diddle
  • Incy Wincy Spider
  • Grand Old Duke of York
  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
  • Ring Around the Rosie
baby sleeping after lullabies
baby sleeping after lullabies

The Go-To Songs

These vary from person-to-person. My go-to songs are Frere Jacques and Rock-a-Bye Baby. Rock-a-Bye Baby, You Are My Sunshine, and Hush Little Baby seem to be frequent go-tos for parents. These are just simply the easiest songs for you to remember when in need of a lullaby right away.

The Easy Songs

These usually have repeated phrases and are commonly sung to and with kids in daycares and schools. The use of repeated phrases make them easy to remember. They usually have some kind of lesson or story incorporated in them which will likely go right over your baby’s head but they can be fun and/or enlightening to the parents and caregivers singing these songs. Some of these songs include Wheels on the Bus, Humpty Dumpty, and Row, Row, Row the Boat.

The Popular Songs

This category can have some overlap with The Easy Songs category. The songs with repeated phrases can be the most popular songs but there are popular lullabies without lots of repetition. That’s where this category comes into play. The non-repeated popular songs include Hey, Diddle Diddle, Incy Wincy Spider, and Ring Around the Rosie to name a few.

The Generational Songs

Some families have a favorite song that was sung to babies for multiple generations. This can also be a go-to song if it’s the first song to come to mind. I remember hearing Frere Jacques being sung when I was young (a small child instead of a baby but still). It was sung when I was little and now I sing it to my boys as well.


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