Bedtime lullaby

Bedtime baby its bedtime! This is a familiar ditty we often sing to the kids as we walk them upstairs to bed. Singing is common practice in our household and there is not often a night where bedtime has not been sung about. In fact Miss C our fifteen month old has had the very same song sung to her at every nap time for the past twelve months. The lion sleeps tonight, yes, you know the one “in the jungle, the mighty jungle, the Lion sleeps tonight”. Over and over and over John and I have sung this song and many times I have felt so sick of hearing it, but over and over and over we continue to sing it because it works! Our baby loves it. It soothes her, calms her when she’s upset and it confirms for her that it’s bed time. These days she will actually start humming the song to me if I have failed to start singing before we have approached her bedroom, it is so very cute.

When Miss C was younger and would wake through the night, I would pick her up briefly and kiss her, before putting her back down and singing one or two verses of ‘the lion sleeps tonight’.  In the middle of the night my voice was so croaky that I was unable to reach the high and low notes, but Miss C didn’t mind.  She soon learnt that the song meant sleepy time.  I would close her door and  walk out and all I would hear would be silence, sweet, sweet silence.  In the early days when sleep training first began there would often be tears upon closing the door, wailing that reverberated throughout the house (and ours is a big house, four kids and all). Sometimes lasting a good while, however, my perseverance prevailed and not too long down the track we had a baby who would sleep the whole night through.

Try singing to your little one to develop a bed time association that you can use wherever you go. Our older children also love hearing a lullaby at bedtime and will often ask me to sing to them just before lights go out. Not only that, they can and do sometimes sing to our baby who enjoys their voices almost as much as my own.

Tam’s slightly altered version of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’

Hush my darling, don’t cry my darling, the lion sleeps tonight.

Hush my darling, don’t cry my darling, the lion sleeps tonight.

Ee ee ee oh mum a weh.

Ooohh oohh oh mum a weh.

 

In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight.

In the jungle, the quiet jungle, the lion sleeps tonight.

Ee ee ee oh mum a weh.

Ooohh oohh oh mum a weh.

 

Near the village, the peaceful village, the lion sleeps tonight.

Near the village, the peaceful village, the lion sleeps tonight.

Ee ee oh mum a weh.

Ooohh oohh oh mum a weh.

 

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