Alternatives to lullabies by MFM mums

Instead of traditional lullabies, check out MFM mums’ favourite songs to sing to their babies and children

..or a tune from their favourite film

Traditional lullabies are wonderful, but when you’re tired of the classics or fancy a change, what should you sing? Well, we already know that singing anything in a soothing way can help a sleepy baby drift off, but there are so many tunes out there to choose from. We asked our MadeForMums mums what they like to sing to their babies, toddlers and children.


Top lullaby alternatives, as suggest by you

Modern hit songs, singers and bands

  • Kylie Minogue (great for nappy changing apparently!)
  • Rihanna – What’s my name?
  • Anything by Imogen Heap!
  • Sarah McLachlan – Angel
  • Garth Brooks – If tomorrow never comes
  • Adele – Make you feel my love
  • Elton John – Your song
  • Jessie J – Price Tag
  • Newton Faulkner
  • The Kooks


  • Def Leppard – Bringing on the heartbreak
  • Pearl Jam
  • Guns’n’RosesSweet Child of Mine
  • Aerosmith – Don’t want to miss a thing
  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • Bon Jovi – You had me from hello, Living on a prayer and Always

Old school rock and pop

  • Vera Lynn – White cliffs of Dover and We’ll meet again
  • The Planners – Only You
  • The Mamas & the Papas – Dream a little dream of me
  • Anne Murray – You are my sunshine
  • The Beatles – Martha my dear
  • Ben E King – Stand by me
  • The Drifters – Under the boardwalk
  • Heartland – I loved her first
  • The Chordettes – Mr Sandman
  • Elvis – Are you lonesome tonight? and Can’t help falling in love with you
  • Louis Armstrong – Mac the Knife
  • The Carpenters – Close To You
  • Nat King Cole – Smile
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Freebird

Disney tunes

  • Tale as old as time from Beauty and the Beast
  • You’ll be in my head from Tarzan
  • Anything from the Lion King
  • Oh and pretty much the whole back catalogue, too!

So really, just about anything in a sing-song voice should do the trick. And the general consensus is that silly made-up songs always go down well too. Join in the conversation with MadeForMums on Facebook.


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