Ever since time began we, as a species, have been rocking our little ones gently each and every night. Indeed it is arrogant of us, as 21st Century parents to assume it is us who have 'invented' the lullaby. Cast your mind back, what song did your parents or grandparents used to sing with you every night? My mum always sang 'Mockingbird' to me whilst my Dad favoured a more, shall we shall, broadminded approach, his favourite rugby song!
A few years ago, I was involved in a research project which involved me asking two very simple questions to everyone in my Jellybeans Music classes - do you sing a lullaby to your baby/child everynight and if yes, what is it?
Wonderfully the majority did sing a song (and read a book) and unsurprisingly Rutland and Lincolnshire Jellybeaner parents, like the majority of UK parents, favour Twinkle Twinkle. Sometimes though, wouldn't you like a change? Nothing too radical obviously, I understand you really want your little one to relax, settle and sleep but why not sing Twinkle Twinkle then snuggle up, rock gently and listen to one of these beautiful lullabies from around the globe before you very gently lower them down ........
1. Shang Shang Typhoon - Moonboat
2. Mike Whitla - Onawa's Waltz
3. Veronique Le Berre - Bonne Nuit
4. Mark Erelli - Lullaby 101
5. Rosie Thomas - Tomorrow
I hope one of these makes your heart sing, your eyelids weary but if you are a Twinkle Twinkler for ever, why not use the tune and change the words?
'Little one it's time for bed.
Time to rest your weary head.
Have a wash and change your nappy
Snuggle close and let's be happy.
Little one it's time for bed.
Time to snuggle up with Ted
What's your favourite lullaby? I'd love to know. Are you a traditionalist or are you a make it up as you go sort of lullaby person?