Best Naptime Music for Babies

When we had our first child, my husband and I quickly realized how few children’s songs we knew as we attempted to sing and hum our colicky baby to sleep. Our house was also very quiet since we had no other children, so naptime music was a must.

As we settled into some semblance of routine, music became a big part of naptime and bedtime.  It can be magic if you find music that really gels with your baby.

If you don’t have favorite bedtime music, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t do kids’ songs. It only took a few nights of “Turkey in the Straw” and “B-I-N-G-O” for me to want to break that kids’ songs CD in two.
  • Change it up. Have a variety of music to change around when you get sick of it.
  • Make sure there aren’t sudden volume changes. At first, I would just turn on the local classical station, but there were too many sharp changes that sent me running for the volume button.

Here are a few music suggestions if you are too tired to sift through lists on Amazon:

  • Rockabye Baby: Rockabye Baby is your favorite grown-up music if it was stuffed into a music box. You can pick from virtually any artist. Plus there’s the added silent satisfaction that your child will have happy memories of your favorite artists.
  • Jewel Lullabyes: This CD is magic. I can’t explain it. It’s Xanex for babies.
  • Create a playlist: You can always put together your own playlist on Spotify or Pandora. Remember to keep high-energy songs at the top and work your way to slower tunes.
  • Classical Naptime: Classical music is historic, cultured, and collections like this usually take the whole no-sudden-volume-change rule for napping children into account.
  • Enya: It may seem like a cliché, but I know several moms who swear by Enya. Babies, toddlers, even Kindergarteners, doesn’t matter. It works for me in yoga class, so I can tell you from first-hand experience that it works.

What naptime music works for your family?

Erin Burt is a breastfeeding, cloth diapering, baby wearing mother of three. She lives and writes in Fort Worth, Texas.

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