9 dreamy lullabies that gently accompany your children to sleep

Children often need a sleeping aid well into their school years. For some, a good story helps fall asleep to read or an audio story. Babies and young children in particular fall asleep slowly when mom or dad sings something. Here are 9 lullabies in German and English that are easy to sing and will transport your children into sweet dreams.

#1 Lullaby: La Le Lu

La-le-lu
Only the man in the moon is watching
When the little babies sleep
You sleep too

La-le-lu
There are two shoes in front of the bed
And they are just as tired
Now go to rest

Then comes the Sandman
He enters the house quietly
Searching from his dreams
you are the most beautiful

La-le-lu
Only the man in the moon is watching
When the little babies sleep
You sleep too

Are all the stars
Woke up in the sky
Then I like to sing
A song for you at night

La-le-lu
Only the man in the moon is watching
When the little babies sleep
You sleep too

Music & lyrics: Heino Gaze

#2 Lullaby: Sleep a little Sleep

Sleep boy sleep’!
The father takes care of the sheep
The mother shakes the little tree,
a little dream falls.
Sleep boy sleep’!

Sleep boy sleep’!
The sheep pull in the sky:
The little stars are the little lambs,
the moon is the shepherd.
Sleep boy sleep’!

Sleep boy sleep’!
So I give you a sheep
with a golden bell fine,
it must be your playmate.
Sleep boy sleep’!

Sleep boy sleep’!
and do not blow like a sheep:
Otherwise, the shepherd’s little dog will come
and bites my evil little child.
Sleep boy sleep’!

Sleep boy sleep’!
Go away and look after the sheep
go away you little black dog
and do not go away my little child!
Sleep boy sleep’!

Music and lyrics: Johann Friedrich Reichardt

#3 Lullaby: The moon has risen

The moon has risen
The little golden stars shine
Bright and clear in the sky;
The forest stands black and silent,
And rises from the meadows
The white fog wonderful.

How is the world so quiet
And in the twilight shell
So sweet and so cute!
Like a silent chamber
Where you today’s misery
Should sleep and forget.

Can you see the moon up there?
He is only half visible
And yet it is round and beautiful!
Some things are like that
as we laugh confidently,
Because our eyes do not see them.

We are proud human children
Are vain poor sinners
And don’t know much;
We spin aerial spiders
And seek many arts
And get further from the goal.

God let us see your salvation
trust in nothing fleeting,
It is not vanity that pleases us!
Let’s keep it simple
And lead you here on earth
Be pious and cheerful like children!

You will finally grieve
Take us out of this world
By a gentle death!
And if you took us
let’s go to heaven
You our Lord and our God!

Lie down then, brothers,
In the name of God down;
The evening breeze is cold.
Spare us, God! with fines
And let us sleep peacefully!
And our sick neighbor too!

Text: Matthias Claudius, music: Johann Abraham Peter Schulz

#4 Lullaby: The little flowers, they sleep

The little flowers, they sleep
already in the moonlight,
they nod their heads
on their stems.
The flower tree is shaking
he whispers like a dream;
sleep, sleep
sleep, my little child.

The little birds, they sang
so cute in the sunshine
they have gone to rest
into their little nests.
House cricket in focus
it alone shows.
sleep sleep
sleep, my little child.

Sandman creeps up
and looking through the little window,
if there is another child
don’t like to be in bed.
And where he found but one child,
he throws sand in his eyes.
sleep sleep
sleep, my little child.

Sandman, out of space!
My boyfriend is sleeping peacefully.
It is even locked
already his peering eye.
It shines for me tomorrow, welcome
the little eye so pious.
sleep sleep
sleep, my little child.

Text: Anton Wilhelm von Zuccalmaglio

#5 Lullaby: Somewhere over the rainbow

Somewhere far above the rainbow
There is a country that I heard about once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow the sky is blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true

One day I will wish on a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where problems melt like lemon drops
Far above the chimney tops, that’s where you’ll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow why oh why can’t I?

One day I will wish on a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where problems melt like lemon drops
Far above the chimney tops, that’s where (where) you’ll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow the bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow why oh why can’t I?
(Why oh why yeah yeah)

If bluebirds fly (if bluebirds fly) over the rainbow why, oh why can’t I?

Text: EY Harburg Music: Harold Arlen

#6 Lullaby: Twinkle, twinkle little star

twinkle twinkle little star
How we wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
twinkle twinkle little star
How we wonder what you are.

When the glorious sun has set,
And the grass with dew is wet,
Then you show your little light,
Flash, flash, all night.
twinkle twinkle little star
How we wonder what you are.

When the golden sun rises,
Fills the sky with shining light,
Then you disappear from sight,
Rejoice no more until the night comes.
twinkle twinkle little star
How we wonder what you are.

Lyrics: Jane Taylor

#7 Lullaby: Who has the prettiest sheep?

Who has the most beautiful sheep?
The Golden Moon has them
the one behind our trees
lives in the sky above.

He comes late at night
when everyone wants to sleep
out of his house
quiet and still in the sky.

Then he grazes the sheep
on its blue corridor;
because all the white stars
are only his sheep.

they don’t hurt themselves
one likes the other
and are sisters and brothers
star upon star up there.

And shall I bring you one
so you must never scream
must be kind as sheep
and be like the shepherds.

Text: Hoffmann von Fallersleben

#8 Lullaby: All the beautiful little horses

Hys-a-bye, don’t cry
Go to bed my little darling
When you wake up, you want cake
And all the beautiful little horses
Blacks and bays, dapples and grays
A coach and six white horses

Hys-a-bye, don’t cry
Go to bed my little darling
Far down there, down in the meadow
There is a poor little lamb
Bees and butterflies flutter around his eyes
He cries for his mother

Hys-a-bye, don’t cry
Go to bed my little darling
When you wake up, you want cake
And all the beautiful little horses
Blacks and bays, dapples and grays
A coach and six white horses
Blacks and bays, dapples and grays
All the beautiful little horses

Hys-a-bye, don’t cry
Go to bed my little darling
Go to bed my little darling
All the beautiful little horses

Origin: Traditional American lullaby Lyrics: Dorothy Scarborough

#9 Lullaby: My little one, fall asleep

My little children, fall asleep because the little stars are coming. And the moon swims up again. Eja little baby, little baby, go to sleep, little children, go to sleep!

My little ones, go to bed, for the night is coming. And the wind hums its lullabies to the child. Eia little baby, my little baby, go to sleep, little children, go to sleep.

My little children, go to bed, little bird flies from the tree. Fly quickly to my child, sing to him in dreams. Eia little baby, my little baby, go to sleep, little children, go to sleep.

Origin: Originally from the Czech Republic

It’s best if you actually sing the songs yourself by the bed. Because your child knows your voice and calms down because of it. You can pat it and hold it in your hand. Sleep support is really important, and not just for trouble falling asleep. As a parent, you should take the time to do this. Because as relaxed as the child ends the day, it can start again the next morning. By the way, you can find many of the above songs on these CDs.

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Some children take longer to settle down, while others often find it quicker. We hope these lullabies will help your children. Yes, and sometimes there are days when the child doesn’t really want to fall asleep, or you’re simply too stressed to radiate calmness. If you simply don’t like to sing or can’t sing at all, you can also play our Spotify lullaby playlist:

We wish you sweet dreams!

Your baby just has a really hard time falling asleep and lullabies don’t help? You can try these methods of sleep training, although they are not without controversy:

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