Listen with Mother (or: the utter nonsense we sing all day)

Pedagogues of the world agree: singing to your baby is a good thing. It’s also either something that can help keep you sane through those childcarin’ days, or an early indicator of encroaching insanity – we haven’t worked out which yet. Anyway, should you be stuck for something to sing to your little one, here’s our current playlist of variously appropriate tunes.

  1. Sheryl Crow – A Change Would Do You Good
    Nappy feeling heavy? Delicate odour of effluent hanging in the air? Whistle this alt-country ditty from 1997 and cheerfully you’ll change. We also like If It Makes You Nappy by the same artist.
  2. Paul Weller – The Changingmat
    Ideal location for the change that would do her good.
  3. Pretenders – Stop Your Sobbing
    Self-explanatory, this one.
  4. Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Front Room
    Or wherever else you’re flying to. For when you play aeroplanes during aerial tummy time.
  5. Kelis – Milkshake
    My milkshake brings all the babes to the yard. Inappropes, sorry.
  6. Limp Bizkit – Rollin’
    The fact that this poorly-aged Nu-Metal release by a bunch of overgrown teenagers is unarguably risible doesn’t stop us singing it every time she rotates on the floor. Keep rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ (yeah).
  7. Madonna – Wrap You Up
    Gonna wrap you up in my towel, in my towel/All over your body. Can also be sung in an outdoor variant! Just substitute the word ‘cardigan’ at the end.
  8. Aretha Franklin – Baby I Love You
    Because despite all the effluent and sobbing, Aretha knows what’s what.
  9. Guns ‘N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’Mine
    Yes you are, you bluest-sky-eyed sweet child.
  10. Queen – We Will Rock You
    Probably best to sing this in advance of the lullaby portion of the evening. It’s a bit rocky.
  11. The Spaniels – Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight
    This one is better at actual bedtime. Bonus points if you and a partner can do harmonies.
  12. Simple Minds – Big Sleep
    One can only hope.

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12 thoughts on “Listen with Mother (or: the utter nonsense we sing all day)

  1. From Rick on Facebook:
    “What use is sitting so still in the bath (when you have legs to kick)” (from Cabaret, often followed by “Mein Herr” if we’re washing her hair) and a shit-tonne of random whistling of 80s TV theme tunes.

  2. Just started following your writing. It’s lovely as mother to a 16 month old boy, remembering our recent history through many of your posts.

    Related… I don’t know how it happened, but the only way our son will relax in his car seat is if we play ‘Uptown Funk’ on loop. We’ve recently managed to extend this to Fleur East’s ‘Sax’. Desperate times!

    • I’m dreading the day she decides she’ll only listen to, I dunno, Blurred Lines on repeat. We’re trying to give her a healthy diet of Bowie and the Red Hot Chili Peppers right now, but you know how kids love to rebel! 😉

  3. From Lucy on Twitter:

    baby-Jaelle used to enjoy Supremes Baby Love and Bob Is This Love. Then when she hit 7, went her own way with Craig David

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