Quick, think about music and infants, and you probably think about lullabies – am I right? And for good reason, of course, because what parent hasn’t resorted to a song to soothe a crying child to sleep?
But upbeat, silly, and rhythmic songs are also great for infants, and indeed can help signal that its playtime or time to stay awake. This is especially helpful if you’re trying to get your baby into a rhythm with distinct naps and wake cycles.
So today I created two playlists for Veronika. The first was what you’d expect: soothing lullabies. You can download these from online services like Spotify or itunes, and make a quick playlist that you can return to again and again.
This way, you don’t have to stay and sing; Veronika’s list includes 45 minutes of soothing songs culled from our favorite Music Together collections. I can set the music near her and tackle chores around the house without having to stay by her side and sing.
Looks like the songs are working!
The second playlist was completely different! This time I added our favorite upbeat tunes, with silly lyrics, great drum beats, or other playtime elements.
Once she’s awake, I turn on this list, and let it be the background music to our play.
She looks ready to have a good time!
A few ideas to get your list started. For the lullabies, try:
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
There’s a Little Wheel a’Turning
The Water is Wide
and All the Pretty Little Horses
For playtime, try:
When the Saints Go Marching In
Don Alfredo Baila
Ridin’ in the Car
Hey Ho Nobody Home
Jim Along Josie
Train to the City
and Noses and Toes
Note: All of the above songs are part of Music Together CD collections.
Finally, please do check out the my own lullaby CD! Hopefully the a cappella tunes can soothe your little one long after you’re tired of singing.