23 Best Lullabies and Songs for 1-Year-Olds

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Babies can be entertained by almost anything because everything is so new to them. They will even be interested in listening to music and even dancing in their own cute little way. However, not every type of music is great for 1-year-olds.

The safest way to go with your little baby is singing them lullabies for babies which will keep them entertained and make them feel loved and special, just like they are. So, if you’re struggling with deciding which lullaby to sing to your little one, take a look at this list of the best lullabies for babies and sing them to your precious child.

Wheels on the Bus

This is a classic children’s song and many parents and babies enjoy it. It has soft lyrics that will certainly entertain your baby, while the fun rhythm will make your baby happy and dancey. What is more, since the song is repetitive it will help your baby acquire a solid vocabulary while having fun dancing and singing.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

This very popular and soothing song for babies is probably the best lullaby for putting your child to sleep or calm them down. Your baby will have times when they get fussy or upset, especially if they are teething, and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star will help you calm your baby down. What is so calming about this lullaby is its mellow lyrics and soothing rhythm and it will certainly be one of the favorite songs of your baby.

You Are My Sunshine

This old-time lullaby has been sung by many famous artists, including Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles. They used to sing You Are My Sunshine to their little ones, and it is one of the most soothing songs for 1-year-olds that you can sing to your baby. Your baby is the apple of your eye and your sunshine, so why not sing this lullaby to your baby each night.

Humpty Dumpty

Besides having its own song, Humpty Dumpty is a very important person that has appeared in many movies and countless books for kids. In his song, Humpty Dumpty is favored by a king, but despite all the love and fame, he isn’t saved from a great fall, which unfortunately puts an end to this beloved character. However, despite being a bit horrific, the story of Humpty Dumpty is important for children to learn and teach them a lesson. And besides the lesson, the rhythm of this lullaby will be adored by your baby and they will learn to understand the message as they get older.

Itsy Bitsy Spider

This lullaby has been around for decades and for a good reason. Your parents probably sang it to you and now it’s time you sing it to your baby. There’s an itsy bitsy spider who one day decided to climb up the water spout. Suddenly, it rains and the water running down the spout pushes the spider down. Luckily, he is not hurt and this didn’t break his spirit because he tries to go up the spout again once the sun comes out. The rhythm of this song is captivating and your baby will truly enjoy listening to it. Plus, it can easily get stuck in your head and cheer up anyone’s day.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

This is another one of the songs for 1-year-olds that brings a smile on any baby’s face. Old MacDonald had a farm and he made sure to fill it with tons of barn animals that certainly make a lot of sounds. This makes him a very tolerant man since those sounds are constant. But, besides all the animal sounds that might be getting on the old MacDonald’s nerves, this song can nicely teach your baby about barn animals and how they sound. The cow says Moo, the pig goes Oink, and duck goes Qauck, and your little baby is going to love repeating after you imitating those animals and crack a smile.

Hush Little Baby

Hush Little Baby is another one of the lullabies for babies that will put them at ease when they are fussy or crying loudly. This one is primarily sung by mothers, and the song promises rewards if they are quiet. The reward form a song could be anything from a mocking bird, to a diamond ring, a cart or a bull. These rewards from a song can please both your one-year-old baby girl and boy and they will love it. And even though your little baby can’t understand all this fully, they are still going to enjoy the soothing rhythm and tone the song sets.

Silent Night

Many Christmas songs can easily pass as lullabies for babies and parents love them. Silent Night is a hymn which invokes sounds tranquility and silence, with images of a child being born and surrounded by animals. Every child is going to love the smoothness of this song and it can help them fall asleep easier and enjoy another silent night.

Baa-Baa Black Sheep

Baa-Baa Black Sheep is an English nursery rhyme that your baby will love. The sound of the black sheep will certainly entertain your little one and the playful rhythm can ease their way to falling asleep. The earliest surviving version is from 1731, and there is even a French version of it if you want to introduce your baby to foreign languages through songs.

Mary Had a Little Lamb

This nursery rhyme is perfect for babies because of its rhythm. It has been adapted from a poet Sarah Josepha Hale’s poem that was written in 1830. In her poem, Sarah describes an actual incident with a young girl and her little lamb, and today this story is one of the most popular lullabies for babies.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, Row, Row Your Boat might be more appealing to your one-year-old boy, but every child will love the playful tones of this song. At first, this song was mostly used to motivate children to imitate adults’ actions, and now it is one of the classic lullabies. There are even modern versions of this song that use four different voices, including contralto, tenor, bass, and soprano.

Rock a Bye Baby

This song for babies has a bit darker history. It used to be about the English Civil War, and in the original version, it depicts cutting a person’s throat. Luckily, the harsh parts were modified and forgotten about and today it’s about a fall. The rhythm is soothing, but if you don’t want to sing it to your baby because of its history, it’s completely understanding.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on a Bed

This is another one of the songs for babies that might be a bit questionable, regarding the lyrics, but it can teach your baby a valuable lesson. This song is about five monkeys that were jumping on the bed, and one by one they fell and hurt their heads. The message here is to teach your child not to jump on the bed, because it can be quite dangerous for a young child to do that. Despite all that, the song is fun and playful, and your baby will love its rhythm. Later, they will understand the lyrics and learn from them.

Hickory Dickory Dock

The earliest known version of this song is from 1744, and to this day it’s still one of the most popular lullabies for babies. This song is really helpful will learning how to count, but for very young babies, it will simply sound entertaining and it could occupy their cute little minds for a while.

Frere Jacques

This lullaby has lyrics in both English and French. It’s short and straight to the point – are you sleeping? The Frerejacque song is soothing, calming and it will really help your baby fall asleep easier tucked in its sleep sack and you will finally get the answer to the question “are you sleeping?” and it’s going to be a positive one.

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The Alphabet Song

Singing the Alphabet song to your little one is a mix of fun and learning. The tune to this song is actually the one used in Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, and it’s simply soothing. However, it can easily teach your child about the Alphabet and how to spell! Plus, they will be hearing this song dozens of times throughout their lives, so why not start early and let them have fun and enjoy your voice while you sing it.

Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy is performed by The Beatles and it was written by John Lennon for his son Sean. This song best describes and gives homage to the unbreakable love between a parent and a child and there is no reason why you shouldn’t sing or play it to your baby. It can easily be a means of soothing your crying baby or even help you calm down after a long day.

Brahm’s Lullaby

Brahm’s lullaby was first performed in 1868 and it remains one of the classic bedtime songs for 1-year-olds. You can easily find it online and play the orchestral version to your baby, or sing it yourself and your baby will always remember the soothing tones they used to listen to when going to bed.

Amazing Grace

Even though a hymn, Amazing Grace can play the role of a soothing lullaby for your baby. It was written by an English poet and clergyman John Newton in 1779. to help Christians be reminded of the grace that God gave them. This song is still used by dozens of parents because it can calm down their babies and put them to sleep.

Here Comes the Sun

Just like Beautiful Boy, Here Comes the Sun is another one of The Beatles’ songs. They are known for their mellow lyrics and any of their songs can calm down a baby. However, this one is most commonly used by parents who want to calm down their little ones and the lyrics are also easy to learn. What is more, there is no doubt that once you hear the song you will feel very relaxed, and you can imagine how it can relax a baby who loves music.

Disney Movie Love Songs

Disney is certainly famous for the most romantic and interesting movies, but that’s not the only thing about them. Disney also features a number of great love songs that can put anyone at ease. So, if you want to start introducing your baby to Disney movies, start with the songs first. Most parents recommend playing or singing Disney ballads such as You’ll Be in My Heart from the Tarzan movie, Once Upon a Dream from Sleeping Beauty or A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes from Cinderella.

Nap Time - Yo Gabba Gabba

Besides the timeless classics among the lullabies for babies, modern ones can also help you soothe your baby or entertain them. Yo Gabba Gabba! is a US live-action children’s show with puppets and it’s a real hit among parents.  And even though Nap Time is an upbeat song, parents still play it to their children in order to entertain them and teach about how nap time is important.

All of Me

Yes, John Legend’s hit was written for his wife, but they sing All of Me to their daughter. The song is about love and the tune is really romantic and soothing, so there is no reason you shouldn’t sing it to your precious little baby. It works wonders in soothing fussy babies and you can play the song as much as you want and let your baby know that they are loved.

Every child loves music and you should start introducing music in their lives as soon as they are born. You can introduce them to some soothing music toys or sing the classic lullabies for babies, but whatever your choice is, know that your baby is going to enjoy and happily remember these times. So, make a list and you can even sing different songs every night and see which one is your baby’s favorite.

Author: Catherine Evans
Author: Catherine Evans

Catherine is a writer from Canada who simply loves toys, collectibles and superhero figurines. Writing is her passion, but she also loves reading, enjoying her “me time” and finding new ways to improve her work and ways to entertain the readers.

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