Sweet Dream Songs: The Best Bedtime Songs

Soothing Your Baby with Song

Even if you’ve never been a big fan of karaoke, you may find yourself singing a lot as a new mom. Crooning a lullaby is a sweet and simple way to calm your baby.

We’ve gathered together 12 songs that moms picked as their favorite good night tunes.


One common pick? The classic lullaby — and Mother Goose rhyme — “Rock-a-Bye Baby.”

“Rock-a-bye baby, on the treetop,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock,
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.”

“Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”

Based on a nineteenth-century poem, this song has the same melody as “The Alphabet Song.”

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!”

“You Are My Sunshine “

A beloved lullaby and a hit song for musicians like Ray Charles and Bing Crosby, this melancholy tune has a memorably sentimental chorus:
“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy, when skies are gray.”

Disney Movie Love Songs

Parents suggested several favorite Disney movie ballads, including “You’ll Be in My Heart” from Tarzan, “Once Upon a Dream” from Sleeping Beauty(inspired by a Pyotr Tchaikovsky ballet!), and “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella.

“Amazing Grace”

This soaring hymn has been around for hundreds of years and is still inspiring parents to sing … and babies to sleep!

“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.”

Yo Gabba Gabba! Songs

This colorful show for tots is filled to the brim with hip tunes. Parents particularly liked “Party in My Tummy” and “Sleepytime.”

“Hush Little Baby”

This charming cause-and-effect song about a parent trying to calm their baby with gifts is full of silly accidents and sweet intentions:

“Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
(Mama’s/Papa’s) gonna buy you a mockingbird.
And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
(Mama’s/Papa’s) gonna buy you a diamond ring.”

It’s also a great song for improvisation … a few lines in, you’ll probably need to make up some rhymes of your own!

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