Singing a lullaby to your baby is a beautiful way to bond with them. There is even scientific proof that lullabies can improve an infant's feeding and sleeping habits. Lullabies are just simply magical. Where did all of those classic lullabies come from though and who wrote them? We've done a bit of research and come up with a list of everyone's favourite lullabies and their history.
Originally a poem named The Star by Englishwoman Jane Taylor, this is possibly the most famous lullaby of all time. The Star was written in the 1800's and first published in 1806 by Jane and her sister in their book Rhymes for the Nursery. This lullaby has had many parodies created from it including Twinkle, Twinkle Little Bat which appeared in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1865.
This classic lullaby is believed to have originated in America as early as the 1500's although the English have laid claim to it as well. The American history behind this lullaby is of a pilgrim who saw Native American women placing their cradles (complete with baby) in trees thinking that the branches would rock the baby to sleep. The pilgrim is warning the women that it isn't such a great idea. The English story behind this lullaby is much deeper and refers to King James II and the threat to his throne by William III of Orange.
Baa Baa Black Sheep
This classic originated in England and was first printed in 1744 in Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book although the earliest surviving version dates back to 1731. The author and actual meaning behind the song are unknown although various theories surround it including complaints about Medieval English taxes on wool.
Mary Had A Little Lamb
An American poem written by Sarah Josepha Hale and published in 1830. There is debate as to whether or not a man named John Roulstone also wrote part of the poem. The lullaby is pretty self-explanatory and refers to a Miss Mary Sawyer taking her pet lamb to school one day as suggested by her brother. Sterling, Massachusetts, where the lamb incident occurred, has a statue in the town centre showing the town's connection to the lullaby.
Hush Little Baby
Funnily enough the most well known lullaby of all time has no history records attached to it. Nothing at all is known about this lullaby's history and background although it is thought to have originated in America due to the reference of a mockingbird.
If you have any more lullabies or history notes on the ones we've listed here then let us know!