Did you sing to your baby(ies)?

rob333 (zone 7a)

I have always read and sung to my [not so] little one! Still sing, even though he's all grown. I'd change all the songs to fit him, "I guess you say, what can make me feel this way, ED-ward, ED-ward, ED-ward, talkin' bout ED-ward...". What I remember most is the lullabies. I sang loads of things. The one I must've sung the most was Amazing Grace. Don't know why or how that one started? We were at my grandmother's nursing home when they started playing it, we were all singing it, and little one put his hand over my mouth. I realized he thought I was trying to get him to go to bed. Still makes me laugh :)

What did you sing to them, if you did?

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blfenton

I sang nursery rhymes to my kids a lot, poor things. I can't carry a tune in a bucket. And when I couldn't remember the words I would simply make them up, So, yep, I lied to my kids as well. siiiigh

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Michele

I always did. I still do now if I watch children. I sing anything and everything.

I distinctly remember singing Silent Night. When they were newborns. I have three. All December babies! My husband’s birthday too on the 3rd!! Oldest is on the 6th. Three years later on the 24th then six years later on the 10th!

Makes for a busy time from Thanksgiving till Christmas.


When I’m with kids sometimes I’ll sing songs that are pertinent to the situation. Rain, sun etc. There’s a little boy I started singing “I’ll Come Running” to. It’s a Brian Eno song. The refrain is “I’ll come running to tie your shoe” obviously when I tied his shoes. He so sweetly said to me once, “one day I’ll come running to tie your shoes Michele”. I’m getting a little teary remembering.

Kids are the BEST!!!!


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Michele

The kids know that if I forget words I fill in with la la la, or blah blah blah. Then they ask me to look up the words on my phone!! So smart!

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bpath Oh Sophie

When DS was tiny, I’d sing Hush Little Baby in the rocking chair because you can keep adding verses forever, yes changing words to fit him. Also sang You Are My Sunshine (changed the words a bit). Take Me Out to the Ball Game (he could sing 1-2-3 like a champ!)

When he was 2 we started a song called “the song of what we did today”. It was a way to recap the day, but it also called out good behavior (“DS helped set the table, that was really nice and fun”) and ”DS woke up in the morning, snuggled in his own little bed...he had slept there all night long, it was really great”

He went on to do musicals In school so I guess I didn’t hurt his ears too much.

DS2 did not like being sung to! He‘s quite musical, though.

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georgysmom2

I sing to my baby (Georgy Girl) every morning. It's a two stanza song, and if I don't sing the second stanza she walks in front of me and keeps stopping until I finish. LOL

I use to sing to the kids when they were younger, songs like Oh let the sunshine in, face it with a grin, etc. One day when my first born was two or three, she was singing the song and my MIL, whom I loved dearly, said, I know where she learned the words, but wherever did she learn the tune. Now what does that tell you. :-))))

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Elizabeth

I always sang to my children. Usually old Irish or Scottish lullabies. Sometimes whatever song popped into my head sung slowly and soothingly. If I did not sing they would put their fingers on my bottom lip and try to move it up and down to get the music started. Sweet babies.

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norar_il

I used to sing a "go to sleepy song" for my grands which worked when they were tiny, but they got old enough to ask me not to! My croaky singing voice is a pretty poor second to their mom's beautiful one, so I understand.

BTW, the wheels on the bus is great for a very hard to put to sleep baby -- you can keep inventing people who are on the bus and what they say.

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lgmd_gaz

Yes, I sang to my babies, and as they grew, there was all sorts of little ditties that I got from my Mom as I grew up. Most involved nursery rhyme lines, but some were made up to fit a situation, but always in a sing/song rhythm. Mom and Dad both sang around the house a lot. I think that is what folks did before there was all the noise making gadgets that fill homes today and takes place of our attention and interacting with those around us.

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Marilyn_Sue

My kids say I hummed to them a lot, ha, ha. I sing to Alyssa, sometimes I sing and leave it on her phone!

Sue

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sheilajoyce_gw

I can't remember what I sang to my babies, but I do remember resorting to Christmas carols such as Silent Night, Jingle Bells, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and Silver Bells. The grandsons had favorites. The eldest had to have The Wheels on the Bus, while the younger one wanted This Old Man. I also sang a nursery rhyme from our eldest's preschool days, Little Duckie Duddle.

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Marilyn_Sue

My 8 year old granddaughter and I sometimes will ride around the property on my golf cart and I sing to her and a lot of times it is, On The Road Again! Some songs she joins in with like Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree!

Sue

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Lars

I don't sing, but when I was little, my mother would sing opera to me and accompany herself on the piano. I especially like what she sang to me from Carmen. My grandmother would sing to me in German.

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grapefruit1_ar

I sang all of the time, and now continue with the grandkids. The Wheels on the Bus continues to be a favorite.

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Uptown Gal

LOL No...didn't what to chase them off. But constantly read to them. I

would hum a lot though. Lots of neat kid's theme songs out there.

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nickel_kg

One time a popular song came on the radio. I started singing along with it and DD (age 5-ish) looked at me in utter astonishment "Mommy, have you heard this song before?"

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pudgeder

I sang to my babies. There was a song that my Great Grandmother sang to her kids grandkids & (obviously) great grands. I sang that song to my kids and still sing it to my grandkids.

I've never heard it anywhere else and probably won't. It's a "nonsense" song.

She also sang Mr. Froggie went a courtin' -- which inturn I sang/sing to my kids. My grandson still asks me to sing that.

One of my fondest memories is my Momma singing "Teddy Bear Picnic" to me.


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bpath Oh Sophie

Wheels on a Big RigPudgeder, I love Froggy Went a-Courtin’. And we had Teddy Bear Picnic on a 45 rpm record that we nearly wore out, though I always found it just a tad creepy, like my Lonely Doll books.

Those who like Wheels on a Bus, do you know Wheels on a Big Rig? My boys loved it (and I knew I was in for it when the 4yr old corrected the last verse for me...). We all liked Trout Fishing in America.

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dees_1

Not so much singing as reading. I read to him all the time. Even made books on tape for him. He still remembers those tapes.

We would sometimes sing those fun kid song he learned at school but I'm not much of a singer.

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rob333 (zone 7a)

These are all great! I'm so happy to hear all of these.


after looking up the big rig song bpath, it made me think of the element song. I had to hear it again. It's from my childhood, not one I sang. I may have gotten your song wrong?

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socks

As a young mother, I participated in a group of mothers. At Christmas we took our favorite carols and made up our own words for singing to our kids. This is one we came up with which I loved, to the tune of "Oh Christmas Tree."


Oh sleepy one, oh sleepy one,

It's time to say good night.

Oh sleepy one, oh sleepy one,

It's time to close your eyes.

The day was long, the night is young,

Tomorrow will be lots of fun.

Oh sleepy one, oh sleepy one,

Your mother loves you dearly!


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kathyg_in_mi

Rock, rock to Boston to buy a loaf of bread.

Rock, rock home again, it’s time to go to bed!


Or Little Jilly is a nice girl, is a nice girl, is a nice girl.

Over and over again!

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arcy_gw

I tried!! It's a family joke because I don't carry a tune but all three of mine are very musical. It's good to know I didn't ruin them!! I sang Christ centered lullabies .

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Zalco/bring back Sophie!

My mother told me to lip sync in church and my eldest once informed me there was more than one note in a song (he was six), and yet I sang all the children's ditties of my childhood in my maternal languages.

Somehow, my children all sing well. They all participated in our local boys' choir for several years.

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mama goose_gw zn6OH

I'm 62. The songs I sang to my kids were by James Taylor, The Band, Linda Ronstadt, Peter, Paul and Mary (I changed the name of Puff's little friend to whichever child I was serenading), The Beatles, Van Morrison--too many to remember. They knew all the words to The Weight, Sweet Baby James, In My Life, and more. Once when my younger DD was in middle school, a teacher brought his guitar and proposed giving extra credit to the first student who could name the song he began to play. He was very surprised when she knew all the oldies. There was an old gospel song she loved, Gonna' Find Myself a Resting Place.

nickel_kg, the older daughter was impressed when I recognized Aerosmith on a commercial.

I've also sung to the grandsons. When the older one was two he could sing all the words to Mockingbird and Different Drum. The three year old no longer wants me to sing to him, but his favorite was Go To Sleep You Little Baby. That's OK, my 29 year old daughter still enjoys my singing. :)



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sheilajoyce_gw

I remember the Saturday Morning radio shows of the late 1940s, and one of them (Big John and Sparky?) was always introduced with The Teddy Bear Picnic.

If you go down in the woods today, You better not go alone.

If you go down in the woods today, you'd be much safer at home.

For every bear that ever there was is bound for there for certain because today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

See them gaily gather 'bout; they love to play and shout; they never have any cares.

At six o'clock their mommies and daddies will take them home to bed because they're tired little teddy bears.

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rob333 (zone 7a)

There may be a misconception here, I ain't that great. I can play a musical instrument. Sat first chair even. Scale of 1-10 for singing? I might be a 4 on a good day. Babies and God don't care if you can carry a tune.

Please don't think I'm judging you. I can't do it. Seriously, God sees your heart, not the notes. Kids see us that way too.

They love us regardless.

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colleenoz

I sang all the time to DD when she was little. She had her own special song, the "Big Bum Baby" song, where everyone loved her :-), ("Mommy loves you...Daddy loves you...Granny loves you...kitty loves you..."etc), lots of different nursery rhyme songs, contemporary songs, you name it. She would often demand that DH sing to her, which cast him into despair because he's not a good or a confident singer. DD didn't care.

The woods would be silent if only the birds with the best voices sang.

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laceyvail 6A, WV

I sang 'East Side, West Side" to my son and grandchildren, because my grandmother had sung it to me and I loved it. And I sang "Love Potion #9", (remember the Coasters!), "You are my Sunshine" and other oldies.

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marilyn_c

Yes, I sang to her, and even made up songs. Wrote poems for her about all the creatures that lived on our place, and made a book with pictures of all of them.

"In our pond lives a turtle named Bert.

If he bit you, I bet it would hurt!

If in the water you dangle your toes, watch the angle,

And please! Stay on alert!"


Silly, but she liked it.

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Michele

This is bringing back so many fond memories. My father was always whistling tunes and he used to read Les Fables de la Fontaine with such feeling! He would act out the dialogue between the characters. He taught me how to read to children.

I try, but he was really something else.

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Zalco/bring back Sophie!

My grandfather did the same! ^^^^^^ Plus he read from Deux Ans de Voyages after Sunday dinner. The book was large and quite gorgeous.

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Anglophilia

Absolutely! Some were made up songs and some were old lullabies.

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patriciae_gw

No children but my mother sang to us and encouraged us to sing-to keep us occupied. We would be put to bed at night early and allowed to pass the time singing and telling stories. We sang all the time and never rode anywhere in the car without singing songs. some pretty ballads and some just long and silly. As a family we had good voices. I grew up singing and continued to sing ballads and with a couple of friends we sang at weddings. It was fun. My voice is pretty much gone but it is nice memories-because my crazy mother had us sing.

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lily316

I sang to my daughter Hello Dolly substituting her name because that was the number one song the week she was born. I sang Puff the Magic Dragon to my son when he was a baby.

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desertsteph

You Are My Sunshine and Twinkle Twinkle little Star and I don't remember what else.


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donna_loomis

I sang every song I knew to my two babies! Lullabies, hymns, Christmas carols, popular songs of the day. And I wrote lullabies just for them, too. Did the same for my grandchildren. You'd have to tape my mouth shut to keep me from singing, LOL.

You've played hard all day long my son, Aaronuu

You will sleep well while God watches o'er yo


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