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8 Songs To Sing That Fussy Baby to Sleep (and none of them are by Raffi)

4dead336-6296-4351-826d-78c803987d10     The first time I couldn’t get a fussy 3-month-old to stop crying threw me into a full panic. I’d gone through a checklist of all the most likely reasons he was fussy and texted his mother, sure that it was something catastrophic. A pro mother of three, she texted a simple “He’s probably
just tired. Try putting him down.”
   I rubbed his back and shushed him but to no avail. Then I remembered something I’d heard my grandmother once say. I don’t know a baby that doesn’t like to be sung to.
     I hummed the first thing that came into my mind, Rebel Rebel by David Bowie. Within one minute, the baby quieted down to listen, and within three minutes he was asleep. Since then, I recommend singing to all caregivers as a great resort when a child’s having a hard time getting comfortable.

      There’s no need to worry about being able to carry a tune. If you’re a mother, your baby knows (and loves) your voice. And if you’re not, even just humming will help. The vibration of sound against their little bodies will soothe them.

Here are some of my go-tos with links:

Songs aren’t only good for nap time but as a pleasant distraction if you have to do something unpleasant, like change a diaper with a rash, take a temperature, or are just practicing patience. It just helps make some unpleasant things (like cleaning up or sitting on the potty) a little more bearable for them (and easier on you).

What are some of your favorite songs to sing a baby to sleep?

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