Rocking Chair Tunes: A Non-Traditional Lullaby Playlist

Photo credit: French Fly Photography

Photo credit: French Fly Photography

It’s been a few years since 3 a.m. feedings and rocking my son to sleep with Pandora playing lullabies in the background. Back then, my favorite song to sing to him was the sweet little boys’ lullaby “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)” by the Dixie Chicks. Sadly for me, the independent preschooler no longer finds much comfort in mommy’s singing.

But in just a few weeks, I’ll break out the rocking chair and lullabies again to soothe his baby sister. Now in my third trimester of pregnancy, I find myself already waking at 2 or 3 a.m. most nights. As I toss and turn in bed, I usually feel my little girl do a similar dance inside me.

While lying awake the other night, I got to thinking about soothing music to help us both sleep. That’s when it dawned on me that I had no idea what lullaby I’d sing for a girl. For the past few years, my world had been all boy. Even my lullabies were gender-specific.

So, I set out to create a custom lullaby playlist for our nights to come. This time around I’ve been using Spotify to search for the perfect songs to soothe this baby girl (and her momma). If you’re like me and find most traditional lullabies a little too boring to listen to on repeat, check out these favorites from my new playlist.

Top Picks From My 3 a.m. Lullaby Playlist

  1. Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s beautiful ukulele-accompanied medley of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World.”Rainbow
  2. “I Dream of You” and “Big World, Baby” by JJ Heller. JJ and her husband recorded a whole album full of sweet lullabies under the “I Dream of You” title.
  3. Trespassers William’s version of Kermit the Frog’s beloved “Rainbow Connection”
  4. Ellie Goulding’s cover of Elton John’s “Your Song”
  5. “You Are My Sunshine” by Morgane Stapleton. Though darker than most renditions of the classic, I love the bluesy harmonies of Morgane and her husband, country sensation Chris Stapleton.
  6. “Dream a Little Dream of Me” recorded by Dala
  7. “I Got You” by Jack Johnson. Since most of Jack’s music has a soothing effect, several of his songs ended up on my playlist.
  8. “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  9. Michael’s Bublé’s “Close Your Eyes”
  10. “Edelweiss” recorded by Laura Gibson

For a whole collection of unique sleepy time songs, including a few on my playlist, check out the album “Sing Me to Sleep: Indie Lullabies.”

What songs did you use to soothe your babies? Share your favorite lullaby below!

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2 Responses to Rocking Chair Tunes: A Non-Traditional Lullaby Playlist

  1. Sue Shirron August 22, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    Three Little Birds…always my go to!!
    The girls loved this one…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zzL3N7HE0s
    Love you, sweet mama! xo

    • Alisha dos Santos
      Alisha dos Santos August 22, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

      Thank you for sharing, Sue! What a cute song – I will add it to my playlist. Love you! xoxo