Rock-a-Bye Baby: Why You Should Be Singing to Your Little Ones

Hello!

My mom recently sent me an article on Facebook titled Millennials Aren’t Singing Baby Lullabies and Science Says We Need To Start.  Honestly, it was an article I just quickly glanced over at the time, but later went back to really read.  Now, I’m sure there are plenty of other articles out there that either agree or disagree with this one, but, regardless, I found the article interesting.  According to a study completed, “only 1 in 5 parents with children under age 5 reported singing lullabies at bedtime”.  Reading on, the article explains that singing is calming, can lower heart rates and anxiety, and can even reduce pain levels before and after surgeries.

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If you are avoiding the lullabies because you just aren’t a great singer, like myself, forget about it!  Your littles will not care a single bit.  Just sing your heart out mama!  For those of you not remembering all the words to some of them, check out the lyrics of a few common lullabies below:

Hush, Little Baby
Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
Mama’s going to buy you a mockingbird.

If that mockingbird won’t sing,
Mama’s going to buy you a diamond ring.

If that diamond ring turns brass,
Mama’s going to buy you a looking glass.

If that looking glass gets broke,
Mama’s going to buy you a billy goat.

If that billy goat won’t pull,
Mama’s going to buy you a cart and bull.

If that cart and bull turn over,
Mama’s going to buy you a dog named Rover.

If that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Mama’s going to buy you a horse and cart.

If that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little boy/girl in town.

So hush little baby, don’t you cry,
Daddy/Mommy loves you and so do I. 

Rock-a-Bye Baby
Rock-a-bye baby, on the treetop
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon.
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

Then the traveler in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny spark.
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep.
For you never shut your eye,

Till the sun is in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

As your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveler in the dark.
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

So until next time,

Okie Mom

 

2 comments

  1. My daughter turns three in August and since she was maybe 1, or a little before that, she refused to let me sing to her at bed time. The second I would start singing, she would start crying or would put her hands over my mouth. Only just recently did she start letting me sing to her, and two nights in a row now she’s fallen asleep to mommy singing songs to her. I’m so excited and I hope it doesn’t change anytime soon ❤

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