Getting Baby to Sleep {The Ordinary Moments}

Have you got a knack to get your baby to sleep? A fool proof method that works every time and a way that you revert to when nothing else is working?

Getting Baby to Sleep

Dave and I started something when we had LP that is now second nature to us. It’s something we’ve done for every nap time and every night wake up when feeding to sleep hasn’t worked or after I stopped breastfeeding. It’s something that people find amusing but sweet and things that friends and family have seen repeatedly over the last couple of years from us as a family.

When LP was teenie, literally a day or two old, we’d rock her and sing to her to go to sleep. It was lovely having those cuddles and we soon fell into the rocking rhythm of Frere Jacques but although Dave has a love of french and a great accent when he speaks the language, I don’t have any accent apart from Surrey/London and I definitely cannot remember the words to a french song – albeit a nursery rhyme! So we started counting to the tune of Frere Jacques.

One Two Three Four, One Two Three Four, 

Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques  

Five and Six, Five and Six,

Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?

Se-ven Eight Nine T-en, Se-ven Eight Nine T-en,

Sonnez les matines, Sonnez les matines

Ele-ven Twelve, Ele-ven Twelve.

Ding dang dong, ding dang dong.

Before Little Man came along we didn’t realise how natural it would be to fall back into the old habit and now Little Man is rocked to sleep for naps to this same tune. Dave and I both sing our new number song and LP even rocks her doll to sleep singing the number song too – even with the right tune! If LP hears us singing the number song she knows it’s her Brother’s sleeping time and to be a little bit quieter so he can sleep.

Getting Baby to Sleep

I didn’t even think how much part of our lives this song was until Dave started rocking LM to sleep and I started absentmindedly singing along with him. Frere Jacques will forever have a place in my heart and remind me of my children’s first years.


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. I love this, it’s so sweet!! It’s funny how you end up customising songs particularly with a baby around!! It’s particularly lovely that LP still recognises it as bed time song and is so respectful that she goes a little quieter

  2. Oh how wonderful! We do a sleeping bunny song with our kids that kind of signifies bedtime, but I love how you as a parent change songs to suit you all the time. We do too!

  3. What a lovely post. It reminded me of my little boy’s first few weeks, when singing was ALL that would keep him happy, never mind help him sleep.
    These days I sing either “You are my sunshine” or “Morningtown ride”.

  4. Our son’s now almost nine months old and it’s not as easy to get him to sleep as it used to be. My wife still manages to get him to sleep by feeding him. When I’m looking after him when my wife’s out, putting him in a sling and walking around for a bit often seems to do the trick.

    1. I found with my Daughter, getting her to sleep only got easier when she learnt to self settle at about 15m old! Looking forward to that day with Little Man too. Thanks for reading 🙂 x

  5. What a lovely moment to share Donna, we have a special bedtime song that we made up when F was small but he doesn’t like it an anymore as he’s ‘not a baby’!! 😉

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