I am the first one to admit, I am not a great singer. That's why I lip sync most of the songs in my classes! Nevertheless, I absolutely love singing and when my daughter was born, I really wanted to sing her lullabies to sleep. I had it all pictured in my head: rocking her gently in my arms while singing sweetly as she drifted off to Dreamland.
Imagine my disappointment when I realised the only lullaby I knew was Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. It got old, quite quickly! I started making up my own verses which worked for a while but it didn't capture the feelings I wanted to express and share in my own sleep deprived state while shushing her back to sleep.
I set out on a mission to find some "Modern Lullabies" as I call them. Songs that are easy to learn, and even easier to listen to over and over again. Some of them are from newer artists, some are love songs and some are traditional ones with a modern spin. I found some absolute gems which I am so happy to share with you. I hope these songs can provide you some relief from Baa Baa Black Sheep or Little Baby Bum.
Even now, my daughter is almost 4 years old and we still put on this playlist and have a slow dance around the kitchen. They're modern classics, capture the magic of the unconditional love we feel and the innocence and wonder of childhood.
The best part? They are all available on Spotify so you don't even have to sing! You can just set up a playlist and allow yourself and baby to be soothed to slumber.
Rainbow Connection - Kermit the Frog
Hank Locklin - Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)
Twenty One Pilots - Can't Help Falling in Love with You
(The original Elvis version is amazing, but there is something about the ukelele and the voice in this one, and the overall feel-good factor just warms my heart)
Blackbird - The Beatles
When you Wish Upon A Star
(Would any lullaby playlist be complete without a Disney song?)
Baby Mine - Dumbo - Disney
(This is the Arcade Fire Version, I prefer the original but the video is so sweet for this one!)
Lykke Li - Unchained Melody
Again, a cover but her voice is just so soothing and relaxing. This is an excellent cover.
A Thousand Years - Christina Perry
(I know it is usually reserved for big proposals and first dances at weddings, but I used to sing this to my daughter all the time!)
Goodnight Moon - Will Kimbrough
Billy Joel - Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel)
Emotional yet? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments! I hope these songs will help you settle baby and yourself to sleep!