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.


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.


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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  • I had 3 cds that i would play so there was a certain level of noise in the house as I had older kids that still needed to have a life. One was ocean undersea sounds like whales and such, the other was waves lapping the shore and the other was gentle jungle sounds….calling birds and such.


  • I like the song suggestions. I tried white noise and it just annoyed my little one. Ironically he loves listening to the soundtrack of Hamilton, but isn’t ideal for sleeping.


  • With our second one we used a white noise machine. It also had a thunderstorm setting – she adored that one and slept well with it when she was older too :)


  • Our eldest is deaf, so strategies like sleep music were useless.


  • All depends of the baby. With my 1st we weren’t allowed to make a noice as he will be up…my 2nd? You could scream .watch TV.talk and she will be asleep.


  • I have never tried this before. I always try to minimise back ground noises when baby going to sleep.


  • I’ve never tried using music great tips.


  • People kept suggesting this for our profoundly deaf son. Problem, everyone…


  • We used instrumental music for the first year, then moved to waves on a beach


  • I never played musice to get my girls to sleep. I sang to them myself though


  • I remember my grandson always had music playing at bedtime. He was a difficult sleeper. I remember my son and daughter in law running in to start the music again again before baby woke up. ”Twas funny


  • We loved Yo-Yo Ma with out kids!


  • We have begun playing music to help the little one get to sleep, I’m unsure if it helps him. But it surely helps distract me from his crying.


  • It is also nice to have on during bed time routines too.


  • I need to try this


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