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5 Best Bedtime Songs for Kids with Lyrics

Having kids is the greatest blessing but raising one can be a little bit tiring. The great challenge faced by the parents is to put them to sleep. Luckily you are not the first one, for centuries parents went through the same. Through these years of experience, we found that little singing can help a lot. In almost all cultures mothers have developed certain songs which helped them at bedtime. These songs are known as lullabies. To boost the confidence of the parents in lullabies now science also backs it up. Recent studies showed that lullabies are very effective for good night sleep and better mood. Any song can be taken as a lullaby but some have become a tradition. Here are some of the lullabies from modern times and the past.

1. Rock-a-Bye Baby

This classical rhyme can be traced back to 18th century England. There are also theories that it originated in America but whatever is the truth this melodious song lulled the babies to sleep for centuries.

The lyrics are as follows:

“Rock-a-Bye Baby” Lyrics

Rock-a-bye baby
On the treetops,
When the wind blows
The cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks
The cradle will fall,
And down will come, baby
Cradle and all.

2. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

It is indeed one of the most famous poems of our time and sung all around the world. It was written back in 1801 CE by Jane Taylor.

With the combination of both music and genius lyrics to depict the sky, it is one of the best lullabies around.

The lyrics are as follows:

“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” Lyrics

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all night.
Then the traveller in the dark
Thank you for your tiny spark,
How could he see where to go?
If you did not twinkle so?
In the dark blue sky, you keep,
Often through my curtains peep.
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.
As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

3. Amazing Grace

One of the easiest to sing and hum among all on this list is a masterpiece from Etta James. The whole spirit of the song is uplifting although it mentions danger. You can use it to send your little ones to a good night’s sleep.

The lyrics are as follows:

“Amazing Grace” Lyrics

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind, but now I see
Was grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace, my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear?
The hour I first believed
Through many dangers, toils, and snares
We have already come
T’was grace that brought us safe thus far
And grace will lead us home
And grace will lead us home
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind, but now I see
Was blind, but now I see

4. Frère Jacques

One of my personal favourite Frère Jacques is a French song that first appeared in the third movement of Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler. It is very easy to learn and very effective for a good night’s sleep.

The lyrics are as follows:

“Frère Jacque” Lyrics

Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques,
Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?
Sonnez les matines! Sonnez les matines!
Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong.

5. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

A very beautiful melody that can send your children to dreamland. People are singing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” even before 1800 but no one is certain about the exact origin.

The lyrics are as follows:

“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” Lyrics

Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home
I looked over Jordan and what did I see
Coming for to carry me home
A band of angels coming after me
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home
If you get there before I do
Coming for to carry me home
Tell all my friends I’m coming too
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home


Author Bio: Alishba Ali is a social worker and a content writer. She gained his bachelor in Business Administration. Along with writing, her favourite hobbies include playing tennis, travelling and exploring new places.


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