The Best Lullabies for Babies

The Best Lullabies for Babies

Parents often ask me to recommend an effective lullaby for their baby.  I routinely refuse to do so.  It’s not that I won’t.  I can’t.  There is no song that has an inherent capacity to soothe an infant.  And just about any song has the potential to do the trick.   What the little one will respond to in the desired fashion centers strictly on tone and inflection.  Consequently, it is not the tune or the lyrics that matter as much as the confidence, comfort, and enthusiasm being conveyed by the mother and/or father.

I see this being demonstrated in particular by many modern Dads who feel awkward and self-conscious singing the old standards such as “Rock-a-Bye Baby” or “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.”  So instead they do sweet and gentle versions of “Love Me Tender” or “Imagine” that might make Elvis Presley or John Lennon roll over in their graves but that rather quickly get their infants to roll over and go to sleep.  I’ve even seen some of them team up with the Mom to produce a delightful duet of “I’ve Got You Babe” that might make Sonny and Cher shudder but results in their little one slipping into peaceful slumber.

Consequently, if you are thinking about singing to your baby at bedtime, stop thinking, and just start singing.

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