I was sent a gorgeous lullaby album called Lullaby Baby to see if the kids enjoyed it and to see if it helped calm them down ready for their bedtime routine. My children are not big fans of sleep, both like to fight it as long as they can and both are early risers. They’re not the worst, I still manage to get 8 hours most nights and Evan still naps so I shouldn’t complain (though I often do!).
They tend to have a bit of a crazy hour before bed, bathtimes don’t relax them so they end up more excitable than when they got in. We’ll either play football in the living room or have a dance around to the music channels or sing some songs together to get rid of a bit of their energy. We’ll start with songs like wind the bobbin up and the grand old duke of york and end with calmer ones like twinkle twinkle little star and rock a bye baby. Then it’s on to the bedtime routine which for Annie can be quite long, though we don’t really mind!
We’ll sing in the car too if I’m trying to get Evan to nap and Annie to relax a bit, that has always been my failsafe. I’d drive around for ages when they were younger just to get them to finally give in and sleep, parking up at the beach with a drivethru coffee to keep me going or just a bottle of water if I didn’t want to risk waking them! I tried Lullaby Baby in the car at the weekend when I needed Evan to go to sleep and it worked – I ended up having to wake him.
Lullaby Baby is one of those albums that is relaxing enough to get Evan to sleep without winding me up and that’s mainly because the singer Martha Bean has a stunning voice that I actually like listening to. The beautiful lullaby Lavender’s Blue is on there too, you’ll know it if you’ve seen the new Cinderella, that is probably my favourite track on there. I probably shouldn’t admit to having a favourite lullaby though haha! As well as the lullabies there’s also instrumental versions which are so relaxing to listen to, they wouldn’t be out of place in a spa.
You can get the album on Spotify or iTunes and if your child is addicted to youtube like mine is, you can get some of their songs on their youtube channel. For more information see the website www.nurseryrhymes123.com