Lullabies Babies Love: From Super Sweet to Totally Weird

If we're to believe the movies and storybooks, babies love to fall peacefully asleep to the gentle sounds of "Rock-a-Bye Baby" and "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." But anyone with a kid knows that sometimes, Bon Jovi or a weird song from your summer camp days can soothe a fussy baby way better than a traditional lullaby ever could.


Every baby is different, so we asked moms what their babies' favorite "lullabies" are (we put lullabies in quotes, because can you really count "99 Bottles Beer on the Wall" as a lullaby? If it's getting your baby to sleep, who cares, right?).

Here's what they said:

  1. "My daughter's favorite is 'Baby Mine' from Dumbo. She's now 4, but she'll still calm and get sleepy when I sing it to her. My son's is 'Star Sweeper/La La Lu' from Lady and the Tramp. It was the only way I could get him to sleep as a baby: singing that one particular song over and over and over."
  2. "After my son was born, I realized I didn't really remember many baby songs. So, I would sing him 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' and it would always calm him right down!"
  3. "'Moonlight Sonata'! They also like lullaby versions of Coldplay, Sublime, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc."

  4. "My baby loves 'Memory' by Sugarcult and 'Someone Like You' by Adele."

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  5. "My babies love 'Let it Go,' 'Do You Wanna Build a Snowman,' and 'Defying Gravity.' So basically they just love Idina Menzel."

  6. "One time when my son was a baby, he was too wired to go to sleep, and I sang '99 Bottles of Beer' to him while bouncing him. My husband thought I was crazy, but the repetition totally worked and he eventually fell asleep."

  7. "'Asleep' by the Smiths. Such a morbid song, but she falls asleep instantly every time I sing it!"

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  8. "I usually just made up my own songs. They like when I sing 'Go go go to sleep, rest your cranky head, please oh please oh please oh please, rest your cranky head ...' to the tune of 'Row Your Boat.' What they don't know won't hurt them!

  9. "I used to sing my second son to sleep with that song by Feist, '1-2-3-4.'"

  10. "'Wrecking Ball' by Miley Cyrus! I had it stuck in my head once, so I sang it, and it's worked ever since."

  11. "My son has to have 'Where Is My Mind' by the Pixies every night. I'm not sure how this happened, but now I can't stop!"

  12. "I sang 'Simple Man' by Lynyrd Skynyrd to my son every night for almost seven years. As he got older, it was just one verse, and eventually he decided he was too old. My daughter's was the Jack Johnson song from Curious George. Both still make me tear up just a little."

What's your baby's favorite lullaby?


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