Babies sure are particular little boogers.
Feed me, change me, help me fall asleep because I’m tired but don’t know how to make it happen on my own and oh by the way, when you try to help me you should know that I WILL HATE YOU FOREVER.
And sometimes, everything you’ve learned about how to calm a crying baby is useless because they cry for no obvious reason. Suddenly, your trusty baby must haves aren’t delivering. No Super Nanny is knocking on your door at just the right moment to swoop in and save the day.
So you run through a mental checklist.
She can’t be hungry, she just ate!
Clean diaper, check.
Woke up from a nap 20 minutes ago.
Is she cold? Hot?
Does she have a fever?
Is it something in my milk? Do I need to cut out dairy? Soy?
DEAR GOD PLEASE DON’T LET IT BE GLUTEN.
And then you have babies’ taste in music.
You never know what’s going to set them off.
Gone are the days of starting up your favorite playlist and relaxing on your way to the grocery store.
Our 5-month-old Bailey has this endearing habit of screaming at the top of her lungs every time we get in the car. Music is one of the only reliable things that will calm her down – but it has to be the RIGHT music.
How to Calm a Crying Baby With 6 Unexpected Lullabies
But what if Notorious B.I.G. isn’t really up your alley?
Here are a few songs that always calm our little one down. Even better, with the exception of #6, these songs are worthy of your own non-baby-related playlists.
Give these tunes a try – your baby might like them too. Or maybe she’ll be into misogynistic, sexually explicit lyrics.
Dude, no judgment. Whatever works.
Download: A Checklist to Track Which Songs Your Baby Loves (With 4 Bonus Songs!)
1. Be OK by Ingrid Michaelson
I just want to be ok, be ok, be ok
I just want to be ok today
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