Spanish lullabies provide early language exposure to babies.

Lullabies, or canciones de cuna, connect infants to their new world as they help them slide into sleep. Lulling melodies and rhythms are calming, and Spanish lullabies also provide early exposure to the sounds of the language. These songs are one of a baby’s earliest language experiences, and Spanish has a rich tradition of lullabies you can sing to your child.

Lullabies are also an excellent way for older siblings to interact with a new baby. They can be a valuable element of imaginative play for toddlers and preschoolers, too.

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Encourage your child to sing Spanish lullabies to dolls and toy animals as he plays. In my preschool classes, a simple lullaby is one of the first songs we sing, as we talk about day and night. It is to the tune of Are You Sleeping? and you can make your own variations.
Buenas noches, buenas noches,
Duérmete, duérmete,
Cierra los ojos, cierra los ojos,
Duérmete, duérmete.

Because lullabies are handed down over generations, there are many variations of traditional melodies and lyrics. These are a few of the best known traditional lullabies in Spanish. Search the titles for other versions.

Traditional Spanish Lullabies

Duermete mi niño

Duermete mi niño is probably the best-known lullaby in Spanish. You can hear a lovely version by Cantoalegre featuring the Colombian artist Juanes in this video. The lyrics for this version are below the video.

Duérmete mi niño, duérmete mi amor
duérmete pedazo de mi corazón.
Este niño mío que nació de noche
quiere que lo lleve a pasear en coche.
Este niño mío que nació de día
quiere que lo lleve a la dulcería.
Duérmete mi niño, duérmete mi amor
duérmete pedazo de mi corazón.

I use this lullaby in my preschool classes. It’s perfect for imaginative play! See a few suggestions for how to incorporate it into play with preschoolers learning Spanish here: Spanish Lullaby: Duérmete mi niño.

Arrorró mi niño

Arrorró mi niño is another traditional Spanish lullaby sung throughout the world. It has been recorded by many artists, but this version by Sari Cucien of Patatín Patatero is one of my favorites.

Arrorró mi niño, arrorró mi sol,
arrorró pedazo de mi corazón.
Este niño lindo se quiere dormir
y el pícaro sueño no quiere venir.
Este niño lindo se quiere dormir
cierra los ojitos y los vuelve a abrir.
Arrorró mi niño, arrorró mi sol,
arrorró pedazo de mi corazón.
Arrorró mi niño, arrorró mi sol,
Duérmete mi niño, duérmete mi amor.

Duerme ya Bebé

The melody of Brahms’ lullaby is one of the most famous in the world. In Spanish, as in other languages, it is sung with several different lyrics. The lyrics in this video are one well-known version.

Duerme ya, dulce bien
Mi capullo de nardo.
Despacito duermete
como la abeja en la flor.
Duerme ya, dulce bien
Duerme ya, dulce amor
Dulces sueños tendrás
al oir mi canción.

Estrellita ¿dónde estás?

Estrellita ¿dónde estás? is the Spanish version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Again, there are many variations, but the familiar tune makes it an excellent choice for Spanish learners regardless of which you choose. Here is a nice favorite version from Música Vaca.

You can read about this version and others in this post Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in Spanish from Música Vaca.

Spanish lullabies are a wonderful introduction to Spanish for babies. Do you have favorite lullabies in Spanish? Please share in comments!

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