What Songs Do You Sing at Bedtime?

Updated on December 07, 2010
S.S. asks from Los Angeles, CA
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I usually sing you are my sunshine and amazing grace but i'm looking for some other good songs to sing at bedtime to my toddler so it helps soothe him to sleep. any suggestions? thanks!

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answers from Pittsburgh on

I sing Silent Night, even when it's not Christmas. It is such a soothing, beautiful song and every time I start singing, my son lays his head on my shoulder. My heart just overflows with love at that moment!!

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answers from Boston on

I normally sing You Are My Sunshine, but I add mutiple verses about my son. "I love you so much, my little baby, I really do it's true..." So every night he gets a "different" song about how much I love him, but the tune is nice and soothing.

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answers from Cincinnati on

I sing teddy bears picnic because my grandma use to sing it to me and sings it to my son. he also loves any french songs (aullouette especially) and the theme song from the classic winnie the pooh

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answers from Detroit on

"Over the Rainbow"
"The Rainbow Connection"
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
"Yellow Submarine" and "Octopus' Garden" (they do work if you sing softly and slowly and make them more lullaby-like).

I also have bunch of lullaby CDs that DD likes to have played while she's falling asleep too. Sometimes she wants me to sing, and sometimes I want to but she tells me no! :)

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answers from Phoenix on

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star is always a favorite but lately my boys ask to sing Five Green & Speckled Frogs all the time.They also like when we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom because I try to read the book in a sing-song way like the video from the Discovery Kids channel. Both of those are great because they teach numbers and letters in a fun way. I'll add some links below. =)



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answers from New York on

Sleep baby Sleep
I'm forever blowing bubbles
Rock a bye baby
Twinkle Twinkle
Then some navy songs that my Grandpa used to sing to me :-)

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answers from Chicago on

When my daughter was an infant, I would sing or hum Brahm's Lullaby, Hush Little Baby, or hum a Straus waltz--she seemed to relax more to Bleu Danube. Now she tells me to be quiet because she is trying to sleep.
When my older kids were babies, I didn't sing anything but I did put a radio on with cassette tape of Midsummer Nights Dream or something by Verdi (Spring, I think). It totally put my son out.

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answers from Kalamazoo on

Little mermaid - not so much anymore though. I was still somewhat young when the first one came out and I loved it and watched it over and over. My daughter has always loved it too. One time when we were camping when she was three, she wouldn't go to sleep. It just popped in my head and I started singing....."Look at this stuff, isn't it neat, wouldn't you think my collection complete. Wouldn't you think I'm the girl, the girl who has...everything........Look at this trove, treasures untold. How many wonders can one cavern hold.......

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answers from Chicago on

Twinkle Twinkle, Stay Awake (Mary Poppins), Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (special request), and Sing (Sing, sing a song, make it simple, to last your whole life long....).

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answers from Dallas on

Every night at her request.. Hush little Baby while I scratch her back- Its a must for her! Also....Doggie in the Window, You are my Sunshine, Twinkle Twinkle and an odd one.. The chorus to Fergies "Big Girls Dont cry" She loves that one

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answers from St. Louis on

I sing You are My Sunshine as well and (not sure if the names but they are songs my mother taught me when I was younger):

Cruel War Is Raging (Peter Paul and Mary)
The cruel war is raging and Johnny has to fight
And I want to be with him, morning and night
I want to be with him, it grieves my heart so
Won't you let me go with you...
No my love no

I'll tie back my hair
Men's clothing I'll put on
And I'll march as your comrade
As we march along
I'll march as your comrade
No one will ever know
Won't you let me go with you?
No my love no

Oh Johnny Oh Johnny
I feel you are unkind
For I love you far better
Than all of mankind

I love you far better
Than words can ere express
Won't you let me go with you
Yes, my love yes


The Sun Shines Brighter (from the musical Leave it to Jane)
Oh the sun shines brighter than it used to
And the world becomes worth while
Little Dickey Birdie sings a wedding song
And Nature seems to smile
The trees and the leaves smell a scent of orange blossoms
And the sky turns bright and blue
When there's no one 'round except the one you love
And the one you love loves you
I'm so happy I've simply got to sing....hmmmm hhmmmm (I hum the ending because there are no words)

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answers from Washington DC on

Nothing too interesting - ABCs, Twinkle Twinkle, and You are my Sunshine.

My 6 year old STILL asks us to sing ABCs which we started when she was an infant. But now SHE sings You are my sunsine to our toddler.

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answers from Buffalo on

Hush Little Baby
Itsy Bitsy Spider

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answers from Chicago on

I morph a bunch of songs into my own compilation to fit my kids.

First is "Goodnite my Someone" from The Music Man, but I change some of the words to fit my kids' names and the fact that they are my kids, not my lovers :)

Next is Twinkle, Twinkle

Third is a shortened version of the "Lullaby" song that the Pajanimals sing on the Sprout Goodnite Show

Fourth is a shortened version of "Your Mother and Mine" from Peter Pan (the song that Wendy sings to the Lost Boys)

Fifth is one verse of "Sleep, Sleep, Sleep" (The Christmas carol)

Finally, I sing my own tune with the words from the book "Love You Forever" - "I'll love you forever. I'll like you for always. As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be."

If I forget one my son reminds me :)

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answers from Chattanooga on

My favorite lullaby I found on a website... can't remember what it is, and I never could find out what the actual tune is so I made up my own, but the words are:

To and fro, so soft and slow
I rock my sweet (baby name) so
but still she lies
with laughing eyes
and will not into dreamland go

Lullaby the crickets sigh
the stars a-twinkle in the sky
soft dews fall
while bluebirds call
and swiftly homeward the swallows fly

To and fro
more soft, more slow
and sound asleep my (baby name) lies.

I also sing 'you are my sunshine', but an altered version I got help with from the mamas on this site! My version goes

(first verse is the 'normal' sunshine song)

The other night dear,
as you lay sleeping,
I sat and held you,
in my arms
then you woke and
smiled at me
I'll always keep you safe and warm

You are my sunshine
my only sunshine
and now it's time dear
to drift away
and while you're sleeping
know mommy loves you
more and more with each new day



answers from Sacramento on

My kids love and have always loved Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Hush Little Baby... but they also often request Sweet Child Of Mine. Most any song can be sweet when sung my Mommy :) Another favorite; Beautiful Boy (to my son, and change the words for my daughter)



answers from Cincinnati on

After reading 3 books, I sing the ABC's and we pray "now I lay me down to sleep". After that we say night night to her Grandparents who are in pictures (that live far away) and then she has 6 stuffed animals in her crib that each of them say goodnight to her in their own 'funny' voice. She loves that part. She will be 2 on the 21st and has been singing the ABC song for about 2 months now (although she doesnt know the actual letters yet) This time of year, we will sing Christmas carols in the bathtub too.
If your toddler is not soothable, i would suggest buying a crib aquarium. My baby has had one since she was born and its gives off a nice light and plays soft music for however long you want (5,10 or 15 mins) here is a link to the one we have and she likes that too.
this one is from Amazon but I believe they also sell it at Walmart of Target.


answers from Denver on

Lullabye baby with some made-up words...because I didn't know the originalls
Rock A Bye Baby with some made up words..because I didn't like the originals
Several songs we or I made up
Skyway by the Replacements, though I leave out the word "damn" since they're little (I leave in the word "stupid" though because I like it as a descriptor for "hat & gloves")
My oldest sings "sun is setting", a song he made up for the baby. It sounds like a Yoko Ono lullabye to me...but they're happy.
I am big on just making stuff up.
Though sometimes I just sing "la la la la la" to the baby (#3). I'm tired...



answers from San Diego on

My son is six and I still sing him a goodnight song. I usually sing Goodnight by the Beatles. I also make up songs on the spot using some of the days events (they don't always make sense or rhyme) but my son loves it. I believe it really does soothe babies and kids in general. Good luck!

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