We often use music in our home to lull the girls to sleep. Actually, we use it when we’re not at home too! Especially on late night car rides. Over the years we’ve established a pretty solid set of songs the girls like and we know the words too. We chose slower songs with messages of love, comfort and security. The girls seem to melt away into sleep hearing these classics. I’ve often caught Brent falling asleep to them too! Okay, I’ll be honest, I’ve nodded off a few times myself.
Music has the ability to set the mood. This works both to quiet down and to wake up our little ones. Elli is proving to be such a cuddle bug when she wakes up from a nap. She insists on taking her blanket with her when she gets out of bed and then sitting on my lap all wrapped up for quite some time. Sammi was a bit of a cuddle bug, too, back in the day. I made up a song about “My Cuddle Bug” that I had completely forgotten until Brent sang it last week to Elli. So I thought I’d share a video of Elli and I cuddling while I sang her that song.
Like I said on Monday, out little ones love to hear US sing, even if we don’t know the words or tune, even if we make up a song as we go along. Some tender memories for me are centered around times that we have randomly burst into song because it matched our activity or mood. Don’t be afraid to croon your own lullaby when you can’t think of a single song.
But, in case you want a few ideas, here are some of our favorites to sing:
- Hush Little Baby
- Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
- I am Like a Star
- Jesus Once Was a Little Child
- For the Beauty of the Earth