Everyone knows that slow, soft tunes can be used to soothe the frayed nerves of a fussy baby.
Music, whether sung while rocking little ones before bedtime or played during an afternoon nap, can help to lull restless babes to sleep and calm frazzled moms, improving the overall well-being of both.
Classical music has long been considered the lullaby favorite, but don’t let that limit you. Exposing your baby to a wide range of music, as long as it is simple, sweet, and not chaotic (head-banging grunge rock not recommended), can benefit your baby’s brain development and will also be more fun for you. So to keep your baby playlist from feeling played out, here are some new alternatives to the classic lullaby that are sure to get you and your baby groovin’ to dreamland.
“Lullaby” Jack Johnson & Matt Costa, Sing-a-longs and Lullabies from the Film Curious George
“One Magic Kiss” Brandi Carlile, Sleepytime Lullabies
“The Rainbow Connection” Sarah McLachlan, Rarities, B-Sides and Other Stuff Volume, 2
“Good Night Children Everywhere” Sixpence None the Richer, For the Kids
“Lazyhead and Sleepbones” They Might Be Giants, NO!
“Cry, Cry, Cry” Ziggy Marley (feat. Jack Johnson and Paula Fuga), Family TIme
“Irene Goodnight” Elizabeth Mitchell, You Are My Sunshine
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Facing Future
“You Can Close Your Eyes” James Taylor, Mud Slide Slim and The Blue Horizon
“Everything is Going to be Alright” Victor Johnson & Friends, Dreamtime