It can be tricky getting little ones to sleep at any time. No excuse is needed, no reason is necessary – they want to stay awake to stay near you. During uncertain times, when routines go out of the window, it can be tricky to get ourselves as adults to settle, let alone our little ones. And throw in a holiday like Christmas, Hannukah or Diwali, and it can be a long, long month of family sleeplessness, agitation and upset.

Cue a cure: Musicaliti’s Lullaby Month! This December 2020, every day for 25 days, Musicaliti will release a lullaby that you can use with your littlies at bedtime. Just like the Christmas carols of last year (still available on our YouTube Musicaliti channel!), each day will feature a different lullaby – links will be available from our Facebook, Twitter, Insta and LinkedIn pages. And as an added bonus, this link will take you to the free Musicaliti Lullaby ibook for a link to all of the lyrics of each song: https://books.apple.com/us/book/lullabies-for-sleepy-eyes/id1539038332?ls=1

1. All The Pretty Little Horses (American Lullaby)

Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry

Go to sleep, little baby

When you wake, you shall have

All the pretty little horses


2. All Through The Night (Welsh lullaby)

Sleep, my child, and peace attend thee

All through the night

Guardian angels God will send thee

All through the night

Soft the drowsy hours are creeping

Hill and vale in slumber sleeping

I my loving vigil keeping

All through the night

3. Toora Loora Loora (Irish Lullaby)

Over in Killarney many years ago

Me mother sang a song to me

In tones so sweet and low

Just a simple little ditty

In her good old Irish way

And I’d give the world if she could sing

That song to me this day

4. Sleep, baby, sleep (German Lullaby)

Sleep, baby, sleep,

Thy papa guards the sheep;

Thy mama shakes the dreamland tree

And from it fall sweet dreams for thee,

Sleep, baby, sleep

5. Frère Jacques (French lullaby)

Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques

Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?

Sonnez les matines! Sonnez les matines!

Ding, dang, dong! Ding, dang, dong!

6. Sleep, little one, sleep (Dutch Lullaby)

Sleep, little one, sleep

Out of doors, there runs a sheep

A sheep with four white feet, that drinks its milk so sweet

Sleep, little one sleep

7. Hava Nagila (Jewish Lullaby)

Hava Nagila, Hava Nagila

Hava Nagila, ve-nis-me-gha

Hava Nagila, Hava Nagila

Hava Nagila, ve-nis-me-gha

8. Nina Nana (Italian Lullaby)

Nina Nana Coco lo del la Mama,

Nina Nana Coco lo del Papa

Nina Nana Coco lo del la Mama,

Nina Nana Coco lo del Papa



9. Thula Thul (Zulu Lullaby)

Thula thul, thula baba, thula ‘mntwana

Tul’ubab ‘uzobuya ekuseni

Thula thul, thula baba, thula ‘mntwana

Tul’ubab ‘uzobuya ekuseni

10. Ally Bally Bee (Scottish Lullaby)

Ally Bally, Ally Bally Bee

Sitting on your mummy’s knee

Greeting for a wee penny

To buy some Coulter’s candy

11. Lavender’s Blue (English Lullaby)

Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly, lavender’s green

When you are King, dilly dilly, I shall be Queen

Who told you so, dilly dilly, who told you so?

‘Twas my own heart, dilly dilly, that told me so

12. Mummy Loves (South American Lullaby)

Mummy loves and daddy loves and

Everybody loves little baby

Brother loves and sister loves and

Everybody loves little baby

13. Golden Slumbers

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,

Smiles await you when you rise,

Sleep, pretty baby,

Do not cry,

And I will sing a lullaby

14. Hush Little Baby

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,

Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird

And if that mockingbird won’t sing,

Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring

15. Rock a bye baby

Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree tops

When the wind blows, the cradle will rock

When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall

And down will come baby, cradle and all

16. Little Boy Blue

Little boy blue, come blow your horn,

The sheep’s in the meadow, the cows in the corn

Where is the boy who looks after the sheep?

He’s under the haystack, fast asleep

Will you wake him? No, not I

For if I do, he’ll surely cry

17. Wee Willie Winkie

Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town

Upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown

Knocking at the windows, crying at the locks

Are the children in their beds for it’s past eight o’clock

18. Girls and boys come out to play

Girls and boys come out to play

The moon is shining bright as day

Leave your supper and leave your sleep

And join your playfellows in the street

19. Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky

Twinkle, twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

20. Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?

Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full

One for the master and one for the dame

And one for the little boy who lives down the lane

21. Little Bo Peep

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep

And doesn’t know where to find them

Leave them alone

And they’ll come home

Wagging their tails behind them

22. You Are My Sunshine

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine

You make me happy when skies are grey

You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you

Please don’t take my sunshine away

23. Somewhere over the rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow way up high

There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue

And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true

24. When you wish upon a star

When you wish upon a star

Makes no difference who you are

Anything your heart desires

Will come to you 

25. Brahms’ Lullaby

Lullaby, and good night

With pink roses bedight

With lilies o’erspread

Is my baby’s sweet head

Lay you down now, and rest

May your slumber be blessed

Lay you down now, and rest

May your slumber be blessed


Wishing you a festive season, whichever holiday you celebrate,with the hope that you get to Dream A Little Dream!

About the author:

Musician, researcher and author, Frances Turnbull, is a self-taught guitarist who has played contemporary and community music from the age of 12. She delivers music sessions to the early years and KS1. Trained in the music education techniques of Kodály (specialist singing), Dalcroze (specialist movement) and Orff (specialist percussion instruments), she has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Open University) and a Master’s degree in Education (University of Cambridge). She runs a local community choir, the Bolton Warblers, and delivers the Sound Sense initiative aiming for “A choir in every care home” within local care and residential homes, supporting health and wellbeing through her community interest company.

She has represented the early years music community at the House of Commons, advocating for recognition for early years music educators, and her table of progressive music skills for under 7s features in her curriculum books.

Frances is the author of “Learning with Music: Games and Activities for the Early Years“ “Learning with Music: Games and Activities for the Early Years“, published by Routledge, August 2017.

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