Babies love songs. For whatever reason, it’s just the way it is. Whether you’re musically gifted or, like me, usually reserve your vocal stylings for the shower, having a baby turns just about every parent into a singer out of necessity.
For the first six weeks of his life, my colicky baby could only be soothed by my dancing and singing around the room. Unfortunately, I quickly realized that most of the songs I wanted to sing had lyrics that weren’t exactly kid-friendly. And, well, let’s face it: there are only so many times you can sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” before you just. can’t. any. more.
Out of desperation, I sat down and made of some songs that are baby-appropriate and also fun to sing.
Here are a few of my personal favourites.
- Rainbow Connection (The Muppets) This one technically is for kids, but it’s really cute and not so obvious.
- Sea of Love (Phil Phillips) Here’s a love song that I used as a lullaby.
- Hey Jude (The Beatles) So many of The Beatles’ songs are great for kids. This one has a perfect rhythm for calming down a screaming baby.
- Dream a Little Dream of Me (Ella Fitzgerald) This is another sweet love song that works wonderfully as a bedtime song.
- The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) (Simon & Garfunkel) This song was my jam for weeks and my personal favourite.
- High Hopes (Frank Sinatra) Why are so many oldies great for babies and kids? This one has the cutest lyrics about a very ambitious little ant.
- Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles) Another from The Beatles. It’s a classic for a reason.
- My Favourite Things (Julie Andrews) For the musical lovers, this Sound of Music gem is a very sweet song for little ones.
- Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) The upbeat tempo of this song is ideal for bouncing a fussy baby.
- You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Randy Newman) You’ll know this cute one from the movieToy Story.
- Morningtown Ride (The Seekers) I love this nontraditional lullaby, and any boy or girl who loves trains will too. I like substituting the names in the lyrics (“Grandpa’s at the engine,” “Mommy rings the bell,” and so on).
- 1234 (Feist) It’s no wonder why Sesame Street used this song!
- Downtown (Petula Clark) Another oldie that’s a fun one to sing.
- Banana Boat Song (Day O) (Harry Belafonte) A Jamaican folk song made popular in North America by Harry Belafonte, it’s got a great beat to dance around to.
- Octopus’s Garden (The Beatles) Equally, Yellow Submarine.
- STOP (Spice Girls) What happens to Spice Girls fans when they grow up? They sing Spice Girls songs to their babies, of course!
- My Girl (The Temptations) or My Guy (Mary Wells) For boy baby or a girl baby, thesesongs are simply adorable.
A note on colic
Although it seems like it’ll never end when you’re in the thick of it, remember that colic does end, and you’ll get through it. If you’re having a tough time, reach out and ask for help. If you find yourself becoming angry or frustrated, put your baby down in a safe place, such as the crib, and walk away for a few deep breaths (and maybe a good cry). Call your mom, call the nurses’ hotline, or call the doctor, but never shake your baby. Check out http://purplecrying.info/ for more information.
There are many more great songs for babies out there. Do you have any favourites?