Do you incorporate music into your child’s bedtime ritual?
Winding down the summer, we turn our thoughts towards a return to school and new routines. Even for our little ones who may not be starting school yet, they may still feel the transition as their older siblings begin a new year. Routines are great ways for our kids to have predictability in their lives, a critical component for those developing brains.
Music supports these routines, in multiple ways. At bedtime, naturally, one might try out a little, “Twinkle Twinkle” before lights out from time to time, but the Kindermusik experience offers a variety of quiet tunes from around the world that parents and caregivers can sing (and remember—our kids don’t care if we’re in tune or not!). Some songs to consider: “You Are My Sunshine,” or “Rurru.”
Long before our last good-bye, however, you might employ music to help kids know what comes next. You might create a playlist of appropriate songs for a quick tidy-up, taking a bath, and getting pj’s on for the night. Consider: “Rattle on the Stovepipe,” “Splish Splash,” and “American Dance.”
A soundtrack of quiet songs might be a nice backdrop for a story (calming everyone in the house), or for a child to listen to as they drift off to sleep. My favorites: “Simple Gifts,” “Barcarolle,” and “Bubbles and Waves.”
What songs are your family’s favorites for bedtime? Please share in the comments!