Growing up we would always say that my Mom had a song for everything. She really did. They were real songs, many we would refer to now as "oldies", but she could just bust them out on a moments notice. I totally understand the strength of the song now that I have my own baby. It is the perfect distraction when your wee one is whining or getting a little grumpy. Unfortunately I don't know a lot of REAL songs, so over the past several months I made quite a few up. They all basically use the same tunes, slightly different rhythms, and of course in different octaves to ensure Jake thinks it is new!
Here are some of the most popular:
Every night I sing this...I didn't know any lullabys when we did sleep training and I started with this and now I am too scared to change.
Hush little baby don't say a word, Mama's going to buy you a mockingbird,
If that mockingbird don't sing, Mama's going to buy you a diamond ring,
If that diamond ring don't shine, Mama's going to buy you lots of wine.
When I need to run to the bathroom and he isn't sure what is going on I sing:
Tinkle tinkle Mommy tinkle tinkle (repeat)
When I am burping him after nursing and I just want to see him smile:
Burpsie, burpsie...(deep voice) burpsie, burpsie, burpsie (faster speed, some bouncing involved)
Time for a bath and little man is already getting tired:
Bath time for Jakey, yes it is, yes it is (repeat second in much lower octave)
Lastly after a diaper change:
All tucked in and ready to go, ready to go, ready to go (repeat)
You get the idea...if babies had thought bubbles I am sure Jake's would say "Mama, please stop singing, your songs are dumb, I laugh because you look funny"
But babies don't have thought bubbles, so I sing.