Per the recommendations of The Sleep Lady in her book, I started singing a lullaby to Baby Girl to cue her that it was bedtime/naptime. I never did that with my other two, but that’s probably because the only way to get them to fall asleep was at the breast. Thankfully, I’ve managed to do things a bit differently (thus far) with Baby Girl, and she doesn’t always require nursing to fall asleep.
I sing the tune Hush Little Baby with lyrics from the book Hush Little Baby by author Silvia Long, which I love. This youtube video review gives you a glimpse into the book’s beautiful illustrations and talks about how neat Silvia Long’s lyrics are because they promote a closeness to nature which stands in stark contrast to the original lyrics to the classic lullaby.
Here’s what I sing to Baby Girl at least once a day if not more…
Hush little baby, don’t say a word,
Mama’s going to (gonna) show you a hummingbird.
If that hummingbird should fly,
Mama’s gonna show you the evening sky.
When the nighttime shadows fall,
Mama’s gonna hear the crickets call.
While their song drifts from afar,
Mama’s gonna search for a shooting star.
When that star has dropped from view,
Mama’s gonna read a book with you.
The book goes on for several more verses, although I have not memorized all of them yet.