It’s hard to believe our newest arrival is almost three weeks old. I am happy to announce that I finally have found a lullaby that suits him. I have put together a few tips for choosing a lullaby for your baby.
When my first was born, choosing a lullaby was a piece of cake. I chose the lullaby that my mother sang to me every night, Brahms’ lullaby. I wrote a post about it last year. For this baby, though, I wanted a different lullaby. I wanted to choose one specifically for him. It was much more challenging than I had anticipated.
Here are my top 3 tips for choosing a lullaby:
1. Choose one that has a special meaning to you
The lullaby should be one that you enjoy singing or hearing. Maybe it was a song you grew up hearing, or maybe you heard the lullaby playing sometime during pregnancy. Maybe you never heard it until you started researching lullabies and it just spoke to you. Whatever the case may be, I think it is important to have some sort of connection with the song.
2. Choose a lullaby that you can easily sing
You don’t have to be the best singer in the world to sing a lullaby to your baby (though your baby will probably think you are). However, you should feel comfortable singing your lullaby to your baby.
I think it’s also helpful if you can easily change the words to the song. That can be especially helpful if you are traveling, or have something unexpected come up. You can change the words of the song, or add verses, to fit the situation.
3. Choose a lullaby that calms your baby
I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but bear with me. While lullabies are designed to be soothing and peaceful, they are all different. As a result, some songs will have a more calming effect on your baby than others.
I think this was what made it hard to narrow down a lullaby for me. During my first pregnancy, I sang Brahm’s Lullaby (a.k.a Lullaby and Goodnight) nearly every day during my third trimester. I think that helped my son to recognize it as a soothing time. This time, though, I didn’t, so I spent the first several days singing different lullabies in hopes of finding a winner.