As a music teacher, I was determined to introduce my baby to music as soon as possible. When my weekly pregnancy email said that my baby was able to hear sounds from outside of the womb, I began singing to my baby. I decided to pick a lullaby that I would continue to use after his birth. That may sound strange, but I am grateful I picked a lullaby for my baby before he was born. It’s been nearly a year since his birth, and I still sing that same lullaby every night when it is time to go to sleep.
Lullaby and Good Night
Lullabies are a part of every culture. They are a way for parents worldwide to bring comfort to their precious babies. The lullaby I selected for my baby is a very popular lullaby, “Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, gute Nacht”, also known as Brahms’ Lullaby. It is a German lullaby. It is the same lullaby my mom used to sing to me. The words I sing are slightly different than the English translation, but I think that is quite common when singing lullabies. I saw an article from Babycenter earlier this week that reassured me I am not alone in my attempts to rewrite lullabies at midnight. I was shocked to see how different my versions of lullabies were.
Picking the “right” lullaby
There isn’t really a “right” way to choose a lullaby. I sing several different lullabies to my little guy, but Brahms’ Lullaby is the lullaby I sing on a nightly basis as part of our bedtime routine.
Here are the reasons I chose it:
- It had special significance to me
- It had a beautiful melody
- It had a simple rhythm
Lullabies can be such a sweet bonding time with your baby. For me, it is the best part of our bedtime routine. If you don’t already have a lullaby, I hope you are inspired to begin the search!