Baby sleep music may be just what you are looking for if you have a baby that just won’t settle down to sleep.

You naturally expect some form of sleep deprivation with a newborn, but after months of getting the barest amount of shut eye you’re ready to try anything.

Baby sleep music can be a godsend if your little one doesn’t nod off easily. As well as calming and soothing frazzled nerves (yours too!) sleep music sends an important cue to your baby that ‘yes, it’s time to sleep now’.

Using music on a nightly basis can train your baby to fall asleep peacefully and naturally. Here are some of the best baby sleep music you should use to help quiet your child for bed.

Lullabies

The very definition of a lullaby is a quiet song to send a child to sleep. If you want to sing your own there are plenty to choose from, parents have been singing lullabies since the year dot! Don’t worry if you’re not pitch perfect, your voice is the most soothing sound in the world to your baby, so they won’t notice or care if you’re off-key.

Here are some tried and tested lullabies:

  • Baa-baa black sheep
  • Are you sleeping?
  • Rock-a-bye baby
  • Twinkle, twinkle, little star
  • Hush little baby

If you’d rather play recorded music then choose lullabies with soothing voices and instruments so as not to overstimulate your baby’s brain.

Classical

Another popular choice for baby’s bedtime is classical music with a steady harmonic rhythm. Choose songs that have gentle instruments rather than heavy percussion.

Here are some of the best classical baby songs:

  • Brahms Lullaby
  • Debussy – Clair de Lune
  • Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata
  • Beethoven – Fur Elise
  • Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake Lullabies

Spa Music

Elemental music invoking natural sounds such as gentle falling rain, soft ocean waves or rustling trees can be effective. Often these have music added to them to make them more melodic. You may have to experiment with different songs to see which ones are most effective. Some parents swear by white noise because it masks background sounds and invokes a calm environment.

Some further tips for playing baby sleep music:

  • Volume – don’t have the music up too loud it’s meant to calm and soothe not distract their brain from sleep mode
  • Placement – Too far away and your baby won’t be able to hear it, too close and it will stimulate them. A few feet away from the crib is ideal.
  • Duration – A sleep association with music isn’t a bad thing but it can become a crutch. Eventually you should turn the music off when your baby gets sleepy and allow them to fall asleep on their own.

There are many ways to help get your bub off to sleep, and through the night – songs are definitely up there. So is having a nappy that’s going to go the distance of a full night’s sleep. Keep your baby comfy and dry with Little One’s Nappies.

Do you use baby sleep music as part of your baby sleep routine? We’d love to know which music works best for your baby in the comments below!

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  • Yep agree with all of these ones

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  • We use the sound of water running through a creek for my son. Its so soothing and works great

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  • The sleep school kept suggesting we play music to help our deaf son sleep. Not very helpful.

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  • Music has always helped to soothe babies and help them to sleep. Love the traditional songs!

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  • i wonder if some of the classical ones would work on older children and possibly myself – thank you for the article, very interesting.

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  • I love these songs and still sing them to my son when he isn’t settling

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  • Will these work on adults too lol

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  • We don’t really do music before sleep. We just sing our kids a made up sleepy time sing before we turn lights off. But I’ll have to look up some cute lullabies. I’m learning piano and would be cute to learn them on there too.

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  • My grandson was a shocking sleeper. His parents used a dummy, but that used to fall out over night, and he would wake up when this happened. They also tried playing him music. Which worked but look out if it stopped!

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  • Thanks for the read, lullabies are so lovely.

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  • I love these genres of music they would be totally relaxing thanks for the read

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  • I always sang my daughter to sleep when she was younger. It helped to calm the both of us as she has reflux and would just scream for hours. Now I don’t really need to sing her to sleep (she’s 11 months old) but sometimes if she is tired but restless, I will use her noise maker.

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  • MY boy never needed any music to sleep… still the same… GLAD!!

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  • We often use nursery rhymes playing on low volume, especially for afternoon naps. No nap = tired frustrated toddler by late afternoon. We went to a stage of naps on alternate days or he got too tired and it was a fight to get him in his carseat and harness done up if we had to go out.

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