No, Twinkle Twinkle does not make the list.
We all have that one song – the song we love to sing, to listen to and to rock back and forth with our babies in our arms. No matter how many times you hear it, it always bring back a flood of happy memories without the madness that usually comes with hearing a song over and over again.
So, without further ado, here are our top parent-friendly picks for songs to sing (or listen to) when helping settle bub to sleep.
Start the evening off with a gentle ballad guaranteed to help lure bub into dreamland – Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars.
Pearl Jam’s songs are all great to listen to over and over again but we selected Just Breathe for the pure lyrics and the sweet melody. Sure, it’s sad, but babies don’t have to know this.
Next is one of the top hits right now and one that we all know and love. We all need a little bit of Lukas Graham, 7 Years in our lives.
The Lumineers’ Hey Ho is another popular one for babies and parents. This was my daughter’s (now three) and my song and to this day she still asks to listen to it. Too bad it doesn’t put her to sleep anymore.
Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah is another one to add to the peaceful playlist. It is beyond beautiful and a perfect one to listen to with your little angel cradled in your arms.
Passanger’s Let Her Go was one of the most popular songs a few years ago but the catchy tune doesn’t get old. Michael David Rosenberg’s voice is so soothing and the lyrics are gorgeous.
It can’t be a chilled-out playlist without a little bit of Coldplay in there. And while we adore so many of Chris Martin’s melodic musings, you can’t go past The Scientist for a mellow, sleep-inducing song. Plus, “nobody said it was easy” is a lyric just made for parenthood, right?
We had to include English crooner, Ed Sheeran on the list and Thinking Out Loud is simply beautiful.
Whether you love him or hate him, no one can deny the calmness of Justin’s Bieber’s Love Yourself. I know, I know, but it’s catchy, okay? Just pretend Justin Timberlake sings it…
Sam Smith’s Stay with Me is another melodic goldmine.
And we had to include a Jack Johnson track on the list – Better Together used to always put my kids to sleep but Breakdown and Banana Pancakes are also worth mentioning.
Bruno Mars is another sweetheart who knows how to belt out the soft songs including Count on Me. Another good one to mention here is Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours, which is a little bit older, but equally as sweet.
Birdy’s Skinny Love also makes our list. The Bon Iver version is also a good one.
Lana Del Rey’s Young and Beautiful. Try this one when you’re up pacing the halls in the middle of the night. Her hypnotic, ethereal voice may just help.
Our final song of choice is an oldie but goodie – Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds. This was my go-to with my first-born and it still brings back memories of some of the sweetest moments walking around the kitchen, humming this tune and lightly bouncing him in my arms.
And yes, it still bring tears to my eyes when it comes on the radio.
What about you, Babyologists? What songs do you use to help settle your bub to sleep?