Baby songs and lullabies, although very close to each other as categories, are two separate groups of children’s songs that parents, babysitters or kindergarten teachers often search for.
Whether it is to put babies to sleep or play with them, everything becomes easier with a song and our lists will help you with that.
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- Baby Songs
What are lullabies?
Lullabies are a type of soothing song that are typically sung to infants and young children before they go to sleep. They are characterized by their slow, gentle melody and simple, repetitive lyrics that are meant to calm and comfort the child. Lullabies have been used for centuries as a way to help babies fall asleep and to provide comfort during times of stress or anxiety. In addition to their practical purposes, lullabies are also considered an important cultural tradition in many parts of the world.
History of Lullabies
The historical background of lullabies can be traced back to ancient civilizations, where they were used as a way to soothe infants and promote restful sleep.
In many cultures, lullabies were passed down through generations and were often specific to certain regions or ethnic groups. Lullabies were also used as a form of communication between parents and children, with many songs containing messages of love, protection, and reassurance.
Over time, lullabies have evolved to reflect changes in society and culture, with modern versions incorporating elements of popular music or traditional folk songs. Despite these changes, the essential purpose of lullabies remains the same – to provide comfort and support to children in their early years.
List of Lullabies (A-Z)
The following lullabies are a collection of two different categories: On the one hand, children’s songs from different traditions (English, Spanish and French-speaking), as well as melodies from classical music that have been established as lullabies.
If you’d like to sing to your baby, by clicking on the following titles you will find lyrics (printable PDF files) as well as an audio file or karaoke video with the melodies, in case you don’t remember them or they are unknown to you. Then again, If your baby and you need to relax, just play the list below and let Sonia Ter Hovanessian sing for you, in arrangements by Singing Bell.
Playlist with Lullabies (Sing-Along and Karaoke Videos)
What is a Baby Song?
What makes a song a baby song? Of course, you could easily sing anything to your baby, ranging from Mary had a little lamb to… Led Zeppelin! The answer is rather determined by the content of the lyrics as well as the simplicity of the melody.
In the following songs for babies, the lyrics call for a hand game (e.g. with Ten little fingers or Finger Family) or for cute, playful, soft pinching on the belly or legs while the baby is lying on their back. Naturally, you might also be holding the baby in your arms and playing (with songs like Itsy-Bitsy Spider or the Spanish-language Los pollitos dicen pío pío pío).
Also the melodies are quite simple and understandable. The simplicity of the form in both the lyrics and the melody fits perfectly with the simplicity of our communication with young children. Nevertheless, it’s through these simple lyrics that babies learn words and often imitate, in their own way, following the song vocally over and over again.
List of Baby Songs (A-Z)
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