L is for Lullabies #A2ZChallenge

“A lullaby should be timeless because it’s a timeless concept – the birth of the child.” – Patti Smith

In the initial weeks, I used to sleep a lot. In fact, every time I woke up, someone or the other would always sing and rock me back to sleep, but as I started growing, my sleep hours during the days decreased. Even now when the sleeping schedule has changed everyone is still busy making me sleep. I wonder what is wrong with these adults … all they want is that I should just sleep, sleep and sleep. Is it possible! Ok now with the lockdown I do see papa doing it sometimes 😉

When people around me are trying to put me to bed, each one sings a different lullaby. In the initial days, it was just humming. Then Miss A started with ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ and Mommy started singing ‘Rock-a-Bye Baby’ (as she used to sing it for Miss A). Both these lullabies were soft and I would quickly doze off into my dreamland. Mom sometimes also chants the Gayatri Mantra.

Rock-a-Bye Baby has become mine and everyone’s favourite lullaby. Whenever it is played on Alexa, it creates a perfect environment for me to sleep. Though the message of the lullaby is … when the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, and down will come baby and all. However, I know for sure that no one will ever let me fall! Mommy has added her own few lines … but don’t you worry mommy will catch you! I love this lullaby as it has a very soothing and tranquilising effect on us and very often both of us dose off together.

Now Papa has a different set of lullabies for me. Initially, when I used to cry, because of a bad colic pain, he would request ‘Alexa’ to play ‘Bekhayali (from Kabir Singh)’. Mommy would get mad at him for playing such a loud and rowdy song to calm me down, but I liked the music along with the beats. I would stop crying instantaneously. He would then tease Mommy and say, “See she stopped crying! and has even dozed off.” After that, she stopped saying anything to him, mainly because the purpose was to calm me down and put me to sleep.

Just a week back, Papa requested Alexa to play instrumental lullabies. Some songs were shuffled and a playlist started playing. When Mommy heard the first song, she literally threw a fit and said, “Who the hell has categorised Shape of You under a lullaby”. I don’t know why she was mad but I loved the music. It was little different.

Everyone has their own favourite lullabies but I guess we all settle down for Rock-a-Bye Baby. The best part about this lullaby is that even if Alexa does not sing it, everyone can sing it on their own and within a few minutes I am in my dreamland. Now even Papa has started singing it … and believe me, he sings the best version of all.

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Well, about me I can say that I am a certified dentist, healthcare analyst, medical writer and above all a mother of a 6-year-old. Most of my day to day activities revolve around her and she is my inspiration to start this blog. As a mother, I experimented with a lot of new things for my little one in a quest to find the best for her. I just want to share my experiences of being a happy and content mum.

32 Comments

  1. April 14, 2020
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    And i can see another daddy’s baby there. I feel any song which can calm them down and put them to sleep is the best lullaby. I have tried new songs from bollywood, to aartis, gayatri mantra and of course the usual ones. Whatever works is the winner of the day!!! Cute post as always

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 14, 2020
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      yes it’s true any song that the baby sleeps to is like magic 🙂

  2. April 14, 2020
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    These are some lovely recommendations for lullabies. Enjoyed reading the narration as always

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 14, 2020
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      Thanks, Sindhu!

  3. April 14, 2020
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    As always..very cute post. That baby is so cute dreaming in his dreamland. I have tried say bad aarti, Barney song, intact my daughter’s Bharatnatayam dance syllables to out my little one to sleep. As long as they like it, no matters what we are singing…

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 14, 2020
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      Yes that’s true

  4. April 14, 2020
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    Hahaha! Yes, for quite a while, all we want is the baby to sleep.
    I can see that the baby is going to be papa’s girl!! So wonderful that she isnt fussy and loves all the lullabies that are played for her 😀

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 14, 2020
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      Yes this one again is going to be papa’s girl

  5. April 14, 2020
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    rock-a-bye is a perfect lullaby. both lyrically and musically 🙂

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 14, 2020
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      Yes it is

  6. Jyoti Jha
    April 14, 2020
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    This is lovely, ‘Shape of You’ for a lullaby…hilarious 😊 Loved your recommendations.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 14, 2020
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      Thanks Jyoti

  7. April 14, 2020
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    Haha, Alexa seems to have weird choices. Shape of you does have a soothing tone, though. Lovely narration. 🙂

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 14, 2020
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      Thanks Dashy!

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 14, 2020
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      Thanks!

  8. April 14, 2020
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    Shape of you is categorised under Lullaby??? Wow, how amazing!! I am a lullaby fan. Loved your post. Yes, please do chant the Gayatri Mantra this time. Love and hugs.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 14, 2020
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      Thanks Swarnali!

  9. April 14, 2020
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    My kids have heard all kinds of bhajans and chalisaa as lullabies. All the handful of bhajans that I know are because I heard my mother in law singing to the kids and they wanted to listen the same ones while going to sleep.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 14, 2020
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      Whatever music they sleep to works best!

  10. April 14, 2020
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    I didn’t know any lullaby to sing until I became a mother. Now, I feel like I can put any baby to sleep. Along with kids, we also grow as parents.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 14, 2020
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      Agree, parents also grow with children

  11. Noor Anand Chawla
    April 14, 2020
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    Hahhaha that’s too funny Shubhra! Shape of You as a lullaby!!!

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 14, 2020
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      Yes, it was rather funny 🙂

  12. April 14, 2020
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    The power of Music to fall asleep!! and across all genres going by the choices Alexa has made 😉 The strange part is that some of the favourite lullabies are the ones that have been sung over the years and have survived the test of time!

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 14, 2020
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      The old ones are the evergreen ones. 🙂

  13. April 14, 2020
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    Aaww I too have a daddy’s baby and I am jealous sometimes but your cute little autobiography is so cute baby. Well done Shubhra

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 14, 2020
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      Thanks, Roma!

  14. April 15, 2020
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    Beautiful. Even I love the shape of you song baby…we could be friends… 🙂
    Lovely write up.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 15, 2020
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      Thanks Poorvi!

  15. April 19, 2020
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    She’s clearly a daddy’s girl! 🙂 I love the song but I wouldn’t have considered Shape of You as a lullaby too! Lol, only adults can truly appreciate sleep but the lockdown seems to have changed things. And I love mommy’s addition to that lullaby.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 19, 2020
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      Thanks Shweta

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