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The Best Bedtime Music For Children

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Almost every parent will be familiar with the performances that often take place around bedtime. The kids have brushed their teeth; you have read their favorite bedtime story to them and then read it again. You finally think you are free to return to your household chored, so you kiss them goodnight and then comes the epic stall.

“I’m hungry”; “I’m thirsty”; “I need to go to the bathroom” and so on. This is the point where many parents feel the tears of frustration welling up, but fortunately, there is an effective alternative solution!

Even if you have never been fond of karaoke or singing, most new mothers find themselves singing to their children to get them to go to sleep. The sound of softly sung lullaby is soothing to younger children and is undoubtedly one of the best ways to placate a restless or hyperactive child right before bed.

Here is a pick of the best bedtime music for children, which all work effectively to lull them to sleep.

The Lullaby

The great thing about lullaby’s is that no singing talent is actually required. An effective lullaby has very little to do with hitting the right notes and singing in tune, but it has everything to do with the volume and tempo at which you are singing the song. We are all familiar with the classic lullaby “rock a bye baby” and this is the go-to song for any new mom who is struggling to get her baby to sleep.

Classical Music

Classical music, especially piano or violin, works wonders for soothing both adults and children during periods of stress. As all music varies with regards to speed and volume, it is recommendable to choose a piece which is purely instrumental, rather than one that features vocals.

Select a song that is slow and lasts for a long time and allow the hypnotic nature of the melody to soothe your children at bedtime. By the time you get up to leave their bedroom, they should be fast asleep.


Many people are surprised to hear that Opera music can be soothing as it is often associated with belting voices singing fast scales. The right Opera music however, is highly effective to calm children and all it takes is for you to spend some time compiling a playlist of slow opera songs.

Children often become mesmerised by the beautiful melodies featured, especially if the chosen song features a female vocalist. Ave Maria is proven to be a popular choice for those who are not so familiar with the variety of Operatic music available.

Meditation Music

A simple google search will pull up thousands of YouTube videos focusing on relaxation music for sleep. When adults go and have a massage, part of the relaxation experience is due to the music playing gently in the background.

The best music for children is one that features noises such as rain, waves crashing or whales. Not only will it bring a smile to their faces (unless of course they have a phobia of the sea or whales) it will lull them into a deep sleep in no time at all.

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