Singing is such a special part of a baby’s life and development and bonding. Those early songs imprint us in a deep way that nothing else ever does, don’t you think? I can still remember the songs that my parents sang to me at a very early age.
For Miles, days involve a lot of singing and music. During the day, we sing and listen to lots of traditional lullabies and baby-playtime songs like “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “This Little Light of Mine,” “The Muffin Man,” and “If You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands!” (I also sing him The Alphabet Song every day because I was a (double) English major and am a little obsessed with early literacy.)
But then there are the not-so-traditional songs that aren’t really written for babies, but somehow belong to a mother or daddy and their young baby. (I grew up listening to Dedicated to the One I Love by Linda Ronstadt, an entire album of well-known rock hits interpreted as lullabies).
Some lyrics just take on a whole new, beautiful meaning once you have a baby. Others are so soothing or sweet that they are like lullabies in disguise. I asked a couple of people with wide-ranging playlists to suggest some songs for this post.
Here’s 14 that we gathered:
- Before The Sun by Shannon Curtis.
- You Got Me by Colbie Caillat.
- Forever Young by Bob Dylan.
- Blackbird by The Beatles.
- The Luckiest by Ben Folds.
- Never Alone by Jesse Bonanno.
- Stay With Me by Angus and Julia Stone.
- Never Grow Up by Taylor Swift.
- World Spins Madly On by the Weepies.
- Naked As We Came by Iron and Wine.
- If the Moon Fell Down Tonight by Chase Coy.
- Sweet and Low by Augustana.
- Better Together by Jack Johnson.
- I’ll Think of You by Kurt Schneider.
Do you agree? What are your favorites? (Also, if you’re searching for a special baby gift, this playlist would make a fantastic surprise!)