One of the ways that you can help your baby to establish a good bedtime routine or even a naptime routine is by singing lullabies to them.

These classic lullaby songs are calming, relaxing and ideal to send your baby straight to sleep.

Check out the full words for these favourite lullaby songs below and enjoy sharing them with your baby and toddlers at nap and bedtime.

Full lyrics to some classic lullaby songs to include as part of your bedtime routine with your babies. Ideal for singing your baby to sleep.

Classic Lullabies to Sing your Baby to Sleep

Big disclaimer here – it’s not my voice that is amazing that sent my child to sleep – now they are older I am frequently reminded how bad I actually sing (thanks kids)!

It’s to do with the rhythm of the songs as well as incorporating them into the bedtime sequence that made these work.

And because of my voice, it’s also why you are only getting the lyrics typed out and not my singing them on a video or sound bite, no one should experience that torture unless you have to!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Lyrics

One of the first I remember singing to them and one that I am sure you don’t need the words to but sung softly it can be a great one to start off with

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a Diamond in the Sky
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,
How I wonder what you are!

Hush Little Baby Lyrics

I loved this song and although I tried to remember the full words I often couldn’t so would make them up – these ones below are from my nursery rhyme book which is 40+ years old so I think it is fair to say that the words are likely to be correct

Hush, little baby, don't say a word,
Mama's gonna buy you a Mockingbird.

And if that mockingbird don't sing,
Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring.

And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass.

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Mama's gonna buy you a billy goat.

And if that billy goat don't pull,
Mama's gonna buy you a cart and bull.

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Mama's gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Mama's gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

And if that dog named Rover won't bark.
Mama's gonna to buy you and horse and cart.

And if that horse and cart fall down,
Well, you'll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

If you are a dad singing the song why not switch out the Mama for Papa and sing it for you. I think my husband used to sing Daddy’s gonna all the way through.

Rock-a-Bye Baby Lyrics

The tune of this is very soothing and as a classic song, it’s ideal to sing with your little one as it’s stood the test of time.

Rock-a-bye, baby
In the treetop.
When the wind blows,
The cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks,
The cradle will fall.
And down will come baby,
Cradle and all.

Although if you google you will find lots of different verses added to many of these songs I used to repeat the same verse over and over again as it was the tune and the gentle words that helped relax and soothe my kids to sleep.

sleeping baby picture
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Some other songs that work well for Lullabies but aren’t traditional Nursery Songs

There are a few other songs that work well for bedtime but aren’t classic lullabies. Here are our favourites

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Lyrics

Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high
There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby

Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true
Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me
Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can't I?
If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why, can't I?
mother holding a newborn baby

Amazing Grace Lyrics

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind but now I see
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
In a believer's ear
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds
And drives away his fear
Must Jesus bear the cross alone
And all the world go free?
No, there's a cross for ev'ryone
And there's a cross for me

More Songs to Sing with your Babies

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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