We moms all recognize how difficult it is for us to stop our day when we should and start to unwind. For our little ones who are afraid that they’re going to miss something exciting, how much more difficult! Even as we need our bedtime routine, so do they, so why not make music a part of it? Create some happy memories!
Set a routine. Bedtime routine for children especially important to settle the day and unwind to sleep. Routines give children a sense of security, of predictability.
Fun music for getting changed for bed: Sandra Boynton’s “Pajama Time” from her recording “Philadelphia Chickens” (Sandra Boynton’s Musical Review)
Read a short passage of Scripture or Bible story. Ask the children what they would like to pray about, then pray together.
Bundle them off to bed, and kiss each of them good night.
Put on the music!
Music which we played in our home for bed time and for nap time:
Michael Card’s recording “Sleep Sound in Jesus.” I did some polling and some of the favorite songs include “He’ll Wipe Away Your Tears,” “Even the Darkness is Not Dark to Him,” “Lullaby for the Unborn,” “Hold Me Gently.” Here’s
A Debussy collection. And a favorite piece is “Claire de Lune” here performed by Claudio Arrau.
Yo Yo Ma, Cellist playing Bach, “Simply Baroque”
Vaughan Williams: Fantasies; The Lark Ascending; Five Variants English folks melodies arranged by Ralph Vaughan-Williams. Stunning, hauntingly beautiful string pieces. We adore these!