Lullaby Albums Guaranteed To Help Your Baby Fall Asleep

From the classics to the contemporary, your baby will be drifting off to dreamland in no time with these lullaby albums

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While your baby’s favourite voice is definitely yours—babies don’t care whether you’re a good singer!—sometimes it’s nice to have someone else take over. Finding a great lullaby album can be a challenge, though.

Sure, there are lots of generic lullabies out there, but if you’re looking for something special, you might have a hard time finding just the right album.

If you’re keen to introduce your little one to your favourite bands and singers, but wary of exposing them to mature subject matter, Rockabye Baby is the perfect solution. This series creates soothing, serene versions of mainstream artists’ hit songs, with mellow arrangements of bells, chimes and other gentle percussion instruments. The series offers covers from a huge range of artists from current Top 40 (Kanye West, Maroon 5, P!nk) to hard rock (AC/DC, Metallica) to the classics (The Beatles, Elvis), and so many more in between.

More of a country music person? Similar to the Rockabye Baby series, Hushabye Baby offers softened up versions of country hits by artists like Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks and Rascal Flatts. (A little soft banjo is a delight, especially on the Taylor Swift album!)

If classical music is your preference, Classic Lullabies: Music for the Sweetest Dreams (Virgin Classics) is a wonderful compilation of timeless pieces, from well-known songs such as Brahms’ Lullaby and Debussy’s Clair de Lune. Another great classical choice is the Naxos recording, My First Lullaby Album.

The Putumayo Dreamland series is a great doorway into the realm of world music. Traditional, folk and roots artists from across the globe contribute to these albums. While you may not recognize many of their names, their songs will soon be favourites with your whole family. Look for Acoustic Dreamland and Instrumental Dreamland, along with Latin, African, Celtic and Asian albums. You can feel good about supporting this label as Putumayo has donated over a million dollars to non-profit organizations that support the countries from which music on their albums originates.

Although many modern musical artists record children’s music, not many of those are specifically lullaby albums. One standout album is Jewel’s Lullaby (Fisher Price), which includes standards like Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Simple Gifts, along with many originals both new and old (you’ll remember Angel Standing By from her Pieces of You album in the 90s).

Another pop pick also comes from the Fisher Price label. Nick Lachey’s A Father’s Lullaby is surprisingly good. Baby Mine, a song originally from Disney’s Dumbo, is very sweet and you’ll be touched by Another Day is Done, which Lachey co-wrote. In a genre generally dominated by women, a male voice is a welcome addition.

Last but not least, from the CanCon department, Lullaby Berceuse is a beloved bilingual album by Carmen Campagne and Connie Kaldor. Tracks include both English and French-language lullaby classics (All Through the Night; La poulette grise), along with some truly gorgeous original songs. One of the album’s standouts is I Have You—I dare you not to get a little teary while listening to it!

Happy listening and sweet dreams!

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