Baby is throwing their food. The dog won’t stop jumping on the couch. Your deadline at work just got moved up a day. And now you have to try to put the baby to sleep!

But bedtime doesn’t have to be the stressful situation it may seem. The essential, common sense fact is that you need this relaxing time with baby before sleep just as much as your baby does. We all know by now that the average American is trying to do too much on too little sleep. And a longitudinal Australian study indicates that settling a child into a sleep routine before age 5 is a predictor of school success as well as positive social behaviors.

To achieve that, music can be a hugely beneficial shortcut. Numerous studies indicate the benefits of lullabies for babies, including a 2013 study that showed that soft music decreased heart rate and pain level in infants even above reading and isolated quiet time. A successful sleep routine isn’t only consistent. It’s also important how you do it. Selecting a quiet, restful piece of music to play or sing helps lead up to a quiet, restful sleep, for both you and baby.

With that in mind, here is a selection of tried-and-true lullabies to incorporate into your baby’s sleep routine.

Classic Lullabies

It may seem corny, but these are the pop culture lullabies you likely already know by heart. No need to run out and get a CD. Just hum one of these quiet tunes every night and baby will be nodding off at the first few bars in no time.

  1. “Feed the Birds,” from the movie “Mary Poppins”
  2. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” from the movie “The Wizard of Oz”
  3. “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” from the movie “Cinderella”
  4. “Moon River” from the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
  5. “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppets

Rock Lullabies

For the hipper baby, ROCKABYE BABY turns your favorite rock songs into lullaby arrangements. Here are some of the best rock lullabies for you to rock your baby to sleep.

  1. “Space Oddity,” by David Bowie
  2. “Ripple,” by the Grateful Dead
  3. “We’re Going to Be Friends” by The White Stripes
  4. “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys
  5. “Hey Jude” by The Beatles

Classical Lullabies

Do you and your baby require the truly time-tested to hit the sack? Fear not, sophisticated reader. Here’s a culled list of the most baby-appropriate, sleep-inducing classical music.

  1. “Brahms’ Lullaby,” by Johannes Brahms
  2. “Fur Elise,” by Ludwig van Beethoven
  3. “The Sleeping Beauty, 8a. Rose Adagio,” by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  4. “Voi Che Sapete,” from “The Marriage of Figaro,” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  5. “Berceuse Lullaby,” by Frederic Chopin

The Takeaway

A fussy baby who doesn’t want to go to sleep is something every parent is familiar with. And when that behavior becomes a pattern, bedtime can seem like a stressful event.

Thankfully, music can be a very useful tool in establishing a healthy and calming bedtime routine for your little one. Once you find a few songs that work, leave them playing by baby’s sleep spot until they nod off.

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