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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