Best lullabies for babies and children

Top lullabies to sing to your baby, toddler or child, to soothe them to sleep and help you bond

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Sing your baby to sleep with our favourite lullabies

These favourite lullabies will no doubt be familiar. You may think you’ve forgotten the songs your mum and dad sang to you but have a look at these lyrics and you’ll be amazed how quickly you remember them. Time to get singing – and find out why lullabies are so important!

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If you can’t remember how they go, listen to the tunes here and download your free lyrics songsheets.

If that’s not enough to get your baby to sleep, we’ve found lullaby CDs, nightlights and bedtime props to give you a little help.

All a bit traditional for you? Try one of these modern lullaby alternatives

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Your newborn baby at 5 weeks old

Rock-a-bye baby

This one’s nice and easy and great for when your baby’s napping in her rocker or in your arms.

Rock-a-bye baby, in the tree top
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all

Listen to the tune & download a PDF songsheet here.

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Your newborn baby at 6 weeks old

Hush, little baby

When she grows up your baby will probably be more interested in an iPad than a mockingbird, so feel free to add your own lyrics.

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word.
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird

And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring

And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat

And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover

And if that dog named Rover won’t bark
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart

And if that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

Listen to the tune & download a PDF songsheet here.

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Sleeping baby

All the pretty horses

Hush-a-bye don’t you cry,
Go to sleep-y, little baby.
When you wake you shall have
All the pretty little horses.
Blacks and bays, dapple grays,
Coach and six white horses.
Hush-a-bye don’t you cry,
Go to sleep-y, little baby.

Listen to the tune & download a PDF songsheet here.

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Child sleeping

Brahms lullaby

Lullaby and good night, with roses bedight
With lilies o’er spread is baby’s wee bed
Lay thee down now and rest, may thy slumber be blessed
Lay thee down now and rest, may thy slumber be blessed

Lullaby and good night, thy mother’s delight
Bright angels beside my darling abide
They will guard thee at rest, thou shalt wake on my breast
They will guard thee at rest, thou shalt wake on my breast

Listen to the tune & download a PDF songsheet here.

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Little boy sleeping

Three blind mice

Three blind mice, three blind mice,
See how they run, see how they run,
They all ran after the farmer’s wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a thing in your life,
As three blind mice?

Listen to the tune & download a PDF songsheet here.

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Baby yawning

Frere Jacques

Whether you know what the words mean or not, you may recognise this from afternoons in the playground.

Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques,
Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?
Sonnez les matines, sonnez les matines
Ding dang dong, ding dang dong.

Not feeling the French? Here’s the English version…

Are you sleeping, are you sleeping?
Brother John, Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing
Ding dang dong, ding dang dong

Listen to the tune & download a PDF songsheet here.

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Merino Kids Go Go bag

All through the night (Toora, loora, loora)

Toora, loora, loora
Toora, loora, li
Toora, loora, loora
Hush, now, don’t you cry
Ah,
Toora, loora, loora
Toora, loora, li
Toora, loora, loora
It’s an Irish lullaby

Over in Killarney, many years ago
My mother sang this song to me in tones so sweet and low
Just a simple little ditty in her good old Irish way
And I’d give the world if she could sing that song to me
this day

Toora, loora, loora
Toora, loora, li
Toora, loora, loora
Hush, now, don’t you cry
Ah,
Toora, loora, loora
Toora, loora, li
Toora, loora, loora
It’s an Irish lullaby

Listen to the tune & download a PDF songsheet here.

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baby sleeping

Golden slumbers

Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly,
Lavender’s green
When you are King, dilly dilly,
I shall be Queen

Who told you so, dilly dilly,
Who told you so?
‘Twas my own heart, dilly dilly,
That told me so

Call up your friends, dilly, dilly
Set them to work
Some to the plough, dilly dilly,
Some to the fork

Some to the hay, dilly dilly,
Some to thresh corn
Whilst you and I, dilly dilly,
Keep ourselves warm

Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly,
Lavender’s green
When you are King, dilly dilly,
I shall be Queen

Who told you so, dilly dilly,
Who told you so?
‘Twas my own heart, dilly dilly,
That told me so.

Listen to the tune & download a PDF songsheet here.

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Sleeping baby

Twinkle twinkle

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

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

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

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.

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

Listen to the tune & download a PDF songsheet here.

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Your sleepy newborn baby

Sleep baby sleep

Sleep, baby, sleep
Your father tends the sheep
Your mother shakes the dreamland tree
And from it fall sweet dreams for thee
Sleep, baby, sleep
Sleep, baby, sleep

Sleep, baby, sleep
Our cottage vale is deep
The little lamb is on the green
With snowy fleece so soft and clean
Sleep, baby, sleep
Sleep, baby, sleep

Listen to the tune & download a PDF songsheet here.

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