Bedtime Nursery Rhymes
Bedtime Nursery Rhymes or lullabies are great to help the kids fall asleep either as a replacement to a storybook or instead of a second story.
I find that this calms them and also helps them subconsciously get ready for bed – if you know about sleep cues – Nursery Rhymes can be very valuable sleep cues.
The only downside to Bedtime Nursery Rhymes is that you may find your child, if they are a avid singer like mine, want to join in the song which makes them stay awake even longer.
Twinkle twinkle Little Star
This must be one of the first songs most kids learn to sing. It comes with some great actions that help promote memory, fine motor skills and an understanding of the sky.
If you’re not familiar with the actions, the ones we use are:
– flicking the fingers to show the stars twinkling
– putting your hands flat to ask “how I wonder what you are”
– pointing up to the sky
– creating a diamond with your fingers
Early to bed, early to rise
This isn’t so much a Bedtime Nursery Rhyme as it is a saying. But it is a great suggestion to your child to go to sleep which is why I’ve included it.
Hush Little Baby
This is one of the most famous Bedtime Nursery Rhyme but I can never remember the words. I always get stuck at the end of the second verse. I’ve included this in the Nursery Rhymes to give you ideas but help me remember all the words.
I’ve only included the first four verses of the Bedtime Nursery Rhyme in the actual picture but below you will find all the words.
The full version of the lullaby
Hush, little baby, don’t say a word.
Daddy’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.
And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Daddy’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.
And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Daddy’s gonna buy you a looking glass.
And if that looking glass gets broke,
Daddy’s gonna buy you a billy goat.
And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Daddy’s gonna buy you a cart and bull.
And if that cart and bull turn over,
Daddy’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover.
And if that dog named Rover won’t bark
Daddy’s gonna buy you a horse and cart.
And if that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.
To be honest this is my least favourite Bedtime Nursery Rhyme because of the baby falling but children seem to love this song. I love this picture of this newborn baby fast asleep, sleeping children are just the most perfect things on earth.
More about the AllThingsMomSydney Nursery Rhymes Collection
Why is it here
The whole reason behind incorporating Nursery Rhymes on the site is to help you find new ones or remind you about old ones you may have forgotten you knew. So often as parents we land up repeating the same songs and rhymes to our children, to the point that we can’t think of a single new one. This section is dedicated to you not losing your mind.
Use this resource
Each of the Nursery Rhymes, these Bedtime Nursery Rhymes and the others are all in photograph form and with realistic images. This is done intentionally so that you can save them to your phone so that you have them at hand.
You can show the kids the photos so they can associate the words with relevant images and so that they begin to remember their favourites based on the visual and not just the audio.
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Here is the link to a full list of the Nursery Rhymes on the site.