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Hush Little Baby, Don’t Say a Word

hushlittledontsayword.jpgThe most astounding things about motherhood (well, one of the most astounding things) is this.

My singing voice is like one of the hysterically bad contestants who audition for American Idol only to be utterly humiliated by the judges. And still my son likes me singing. He dances to my singing. And he falls asleep to my singing. It’s a sweet feeling!

If you don’t think your voice is any good, then sing anyway. You’ll be surprised how much your baby likes it!

Sing traditional lullabies, songs you make up, or Christina Aguilera songs, whatever you like. If you enjoy singing your baby will like it. Or make up new words to traditional lullabies. The melody of Rock a Bye Baby is lovely but the words are kinda gruesome, don’t you think? So we sing this version,

Rock a bye baby, on the tree top,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock,
When the bough breaks the cradle will fall,
And Mommy will catch you, cradle and all.

Here’s another reason to consider the words. Don’t sing Hush Little Baby, Don’t Say a word, Momma’s Gonna Buy You a Mocking Bird to a toddler who will take it literally, or the following will occur next time you go shopping together.

Me: What would you like to buy?
Toddler: Mottin Bird.
Me: Would you like some bananas?
Toddler: Mottin Bird.
Me: Blueberries?
Toddler: Mottin. Bird.
Me: Mac & Cheese?
Toddler: MOTTIN BIRD!

Sigh.

What is your favorite song to sing to your baby? What kind of music does your baby like best?


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