"Hush Little Baby" is considered as the best-known traditional lullaby (cradle song) and nursery rhyme all over the world. This enduring and sweet rhyme is often sung to put toddlers and infants to sleep. The author of the rhyme is not known.
However, commentators believe that the rhyme has been written in the Southern United States.Â
Origin and Meaning
The words in the rhyme promise different types of rewards to the little ones if she/he is quiet and falls asleep.Â
"Hush Little Baby" nursery rhyme and lullaby has been recorded by various artists including Nina Simone, Joan Baez, Regina Spektor, The Weavers and the Mormom Tabernacle Choir. Moreover, this sweet and simple song has been also adapted into pop songs including Inez and Charlie Foxx's "Mockingbird", Maurice King's "Hambone, Eminem's "Mockingbird" and Bo Diddley's eponymous song "Bo Diddley."
"Hush Little Baby" song gained so much popularity that it was also used in the play, "The Miracle Worker", which was about Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller.
A Lullaby for Infants and Toddlers
"Hush Little Baby", one of the popular nursery rhymes and lullabies, it is often used as a sleep aid for infants and toddlers due to its soothing nature. The song shares exaggerated melodic tendencies, thus conveying emotions, probably of affection, care and love.Â
Mothers or care takers usually prefer to sing this enduring cradle song in a low tempo as it aids in the child's process of sleeping. "Hush Little Baby" is truly a soothing song, which you can sing to your little ones to lull the little sleepers to sleep. Apart from being a sleeping aid, the nursery rhyme is also used to develop communication skills, maintain child's undivided attention, convey affection and keep them calm.Â
Benefits of Singing The Cradle Song
"Hush Little Baby" is used as a sleep aid for infants and is sung in many countries. So if your little toddler is looking at you though it is late in the night, sing this sooting piece of music and cuddle him or her, the child will sleep in no time. As per the research, "Hush Little Baby" is very effective in soothing a crying baby, energizing then and nurturing care-giving bonds. Thus, the song has become one of the popular kids' songs and nursery rhymes and has Â also been observed cross-culturally. Â
This popular cradle song will not only soothe your baby but there are also additional benefits from it. Singing lullaby will not only help your adorable infant to sleep better, but also boost their development. Moreover, it will also enhance parent-child bonding and develop a strong relation between them.Â
After knowing additional benefits of singing "Hush Little Baby", you will surely sing this soothing cradle song to you little ones. Won't you? It is truly one of the most liked nursery rhymes and lullabies all over the world.