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Sing You A Lullaby

I’ve watched some pretty crazy videos on YouTube about how babies get to sleep … parents getting into the crib, babies sleeping under running water… perhaps the lullaby is passé? It still works for me!

Singing to baby, in addition to soothing them to sleep, is an important way of communicating and acclimating baby to sound and motion. I remember being sung to by my mother – she said she would sing until I seemed to be asleep but then the moment she’d stop, my eyes would POP open and I’d cry out, “SING!” My favorite was Wonderful Words of Life.

I actually don’t know the lyrics to Brahm’s Lullaby, I’ll confess. I just looked them up online and there’s something about “roses bedight”???? Now, I took plenty of literature classes in college and have read most of Shakespeare’s works but… what in the world does “bedight” mean? I’m all for increasing baby’s vocabulary, but seriously!

I am more of a fan of RockABye Baby…even though I shed a tear when baby slept through the night, at the end of the day, I do want him asleep! On a typical night, I sing about a dozen versions of RockABye to my baby before his eyelids get heavy with sleep. Sometimes I get so sleepy I switch around the lyrics by accident, or get creative and harmonize, or just skip words all together and just sing “la la la la la” to the tune. Although every time I sing “when the bough breaks / the cradle will fall” I feel like I’m threatening the baby with personal harm! Supposedly Native Americans used to hang baby cradles from trees and RockABye was a warning about picking the right branch. Does this have anything to do with “the apple not falling far from the tree?” I’m not sure.

At any rate, lullabies may have a darker past than their lilting tones imply! Even Hush, Little Baby talks about one disappointment after another, but I like how in the end, the most important thing is that mommy & daddy love baby… and that is after all why we loving sing them to sleep, no matter what the words actually mean!

I’m also not a One-Hit Wonder – my repertoire extends to praise songs like Jesus Loves Me, Sweet Adoration, More Precious Than Silver, or Gentle Shepherd… or nursery rhyme-type songs like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, When You Wish Upon a Star and Baby Mine.

Maybe you don’t sing the typical lullaby to your baby, but keep singing – it’s good for baby and for mommy!

What was your favorite lullaby or your child’s favorite? Leave a comment and/or link to the lyrics below!

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And so he weaned. | A Year with Mom & Dad

Saturday 30th of July 2011

[...] sang to him all the songs I could ever remember singing while I’d nursed him the past 17 [...]

Jane

Thursday 24th of June 2010

So great to see you tonight Julie and meet Asher! My kids are so big now, but Helen (age 11) still asks me to sing "The Water is Wide" to her ~ it was one of the lullabye's when I first began teaching Music Together and while I knew the song, it had never occurred to me to use it as a lullaby. Thanks for blogging about lullabye's~ it is so important for parents and grandparents to sing to their babies ~ it's like an auditory gift that gets buried away and mysteriously comes back to us when we have babies to sing to...

Stephanie

Thursday 24th of June 2010

I sing to my baby every day at nap time. I sing a special made-up song, entitled "Mommy and Daddy Love You."I also sing - Jesus Loves Me. Amazing Grace. Holiness. Good Night, Sweetheart. Etc.Oh, and I also sing RockABye baby, but I change the lyrics to..."and mama will catch you, cradle and all." ;)stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

piper maypop

Wednesday 23rd of June 2010

my dad would hum a tune over and over... and over... and... ha. he made the tune up (i can hear it in my head right now). it has no words. i hum it to Iva June sometimes when she is trying to sleep...:)

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