I’ve heard of all sorts of bedtime routines. everything from reading stories (highly recommended!) to watching TV (facepalm!). I outlined ours in my very first post here. If you notice, step 4 for us is a bedtime song. Currently, Joey’s favorite is the song from this classic Christmas story:
I don’t usually sing it falsetto, but it’s sure funny when I do. Anyway, we’ve been working on this one alone for the last 3 months or so. It works out well. I sing like 2 verses of it and that’s it. But it wasn’t always this way. I remember when bedtime song time went more like this:
Unfortunately, it didn’t end with a final, simple “Goodnight,” like it did in the Veggie Tales video.
Why Sing Bedtime Songs
If you don’t sing to your toddler at night, I recommend you do for a few good reasons.
- It calms them down–There’s nothing like a parent’s soothing voice to comfort and slow down their wound up kid.
- It can help them develop language skills–There’s plenty of research out there suggesting singing to babies helps prepare their brain for language development.
- Sometimes they fall asleep during the song–Yes, the idea is to get them to bed on their own. But sometimes they pass out cold during the bedtime song and shorten the entire process for you.
What to Remember When Singing a Bedtime Song
Remember that the bedtime song is a time for you to set the mood for sleep. That means you need to choose your song wisely. There are certain songs Joey will ask me to sing that are simply too upbeat for bedtime. I just tell her, “No, that’s not a bedtime song. Let’s try _____ instead.” She usually goes right along with it.
Also, when singing, try and use a soft, whispery voice. Doing so will help those eyes grow tired and heavy, increasing the odds that your kid will doze off with ease when you decide to make your exit.
Remember, It’s All About Attention
Your kid wants your time and that;s the way it should be. Show them some positive attention at bedtime through song and reap the rewards. Just don;t overdo it.
What songs do you sing to your kids at night? Tell us all about them in the replies!
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