Best Songs for Babies

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Although no two infants are the same, one fact is true: Your baby will cry. Babies cry because they’re hungry or tired. However, sometimes you won’t be able to figure out why your little one is crying. As a new parent, you have to make sure you are armed with all the tools and knowledge necessary to soothe your little one, and one of those tools is a repertoire of songs to sing. Here are some of the best traditional nursery songs for babies and other tactics to get your newborn to fall asleep.

Sing away

Parents are usually surprised at how often they find themselves singing to their babies. It doesn’t matter if you have a good singing voice or not, the sound of a parent singing can be incredibly comforting to your baby. When it comes to nursery songs, there are plenty of different tunes to choose from. Here are some that are short and sweet:

    “Itsy-Bitsy Spider”
    The itsy-bitsy spider
    Climbed up the water spout.
    Down came the rain
    And washed the spider out.
    Out came the sun
    And dried up all the rain.
    And the itsy-bitsy spider
    Climbed up the spout again.

    “I’m A Little Teapot”
    I’m a little teapot short and stout,
    Here is my handle, here is my spout.
    When I get all steamed up hear me shout,
    Tip me over and pour me out.

    “Humpty Dumpty”
    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
    All the king’s horses,
    And all the king’s men,
    Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

These three are easy to remember. If your baby doesn’t fall asleep the first time, try repeating the song over and over until he or she does while swaying or rocking. The sounds in combination with the motion can soothe your baby to sleep.

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Soothe your baby to sleep with a nursery song.

Make up your own tunes

Sleep deprivation is usually a definite in the first few months as a parent. And that can cause you to do some funny (yet adorable) things. One of those things could be making up your own song. This could be on the spot or written down before – it doesn’t matter. You could incorporate your baby’s name or you and your partner’s names into the lyrics. That way, as your baby grows older, he or she will remember this as a big part of childhood.

Sounds and hums

Just like grown-ups, children can be comforted by sounds and hums. Humming the tune of any song can help a tired baby fall asleep. On the other hand, if your little one is especially finicky, purchase a sound machine. These can be a soft bear or sheep that lights up and produces a sound like rain, the ocean, a waterfall or even a heartbeat. Some of the high-tech ones even have a sensor so that it turns off when your little one finally falls asleep. This technology is great to take over so that you can get your sleep too.

No one ever said that getting your little one to fall asleep is easy. In fact, most people argue this is one of the most difficult parts about parenting an infant. However, keep in mind that no two newborns are the same. What works for one parent may not work for another. However, there are plenty of tactics to try out. For some babies, being swaddled helps them fall asleep. On the other hand, some babies need complete darkness to fall asleep. No matter what your baby needs, you are sure to find it with patience and persistence. If lack of sleeping continues, consult your pediatrician for more advice.