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.
- 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.
- Paul Weller – The Changingmat
Ideal location for the change that would do her good.
- Pretenders – Stop Your Sobbing
Self-explanatory, this one.
- Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Front Room
Or wherever else you’re flying to. For when you play aeroplanes during aerial tummy time.
- Kelis – Milkshake
My milkshake brings all the babes to the yard. Inappropes, sorry.
- 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).
- 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.
- Aretha Franklin – Baby I Love You
Because despite all the effluent and sobbing, Aretha knows what’s what.
- Guns ‘N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’Mine
Yes you are, you bluest-sky-eyed sweet child.
- Queen – We Will Rock You
Probably best to sing this in advance of the lullaby portion of the evening. It’s a bit rocky.
- The Spaniels – Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight
This one is better at actual bedtime. Bonus points if you and a partner can do harmonies.
- Simple Minds – Big Sleep
One can only hope.
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