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This is definitely the most famous lullaby in the world - you can't help but sing 'Go to sleep, go to sleep,' along with it, which may or may not aid your child's sleeping patterns.
A beautiful pastoral melody, tranquil and perfect for lulling a little one off into a slumber.
This is another favourite for creating the right tranquil atmosphere. And as the name suggests, Massenet's most famous work is perfect if you want to indulge in a moment of reflection.
A gentle, heartbeat-like pulse is the key to this beautiful piece - and because it's Bach you can be sure the melody's going to be pretty good too.
The Andante from this sonata is a lilting, lullaby-like skip that should hopefully do the trick for any parents tearing their hair out at baby's bed time.
It's not all about sleeping, though - it's important to mix it up and give your little one some lively numbers to enjoy as well. This toy-inspired fantasy is a great place to start.
Back to sleep again with Debussy, and one of the most famously relaxing pieces for the piano.
Despite having a rather busy right hand melody, this is another remarkably beautiful little piano number. Chopin specialised in the Berceuse (French for lullaby, basically), and this is a good one to start with.
If you want to create an amazingly tranquil atmosphere for your baby, then the closing moments of this tone poem are perfect - Respighi was clever enough to include recordings of actual birdsong in his score.
Another bird-related piece (kids love birds, don't they?), this time from the truly Great Brit Ralph Vaughan Williams. It's long been a favourite here at Classic FM, and its easy to see why when you let it work its magic.
Just look at the words to this little ditty: "Sleep, my most precious boy, I shall cradle you, I shall watch over you. The boy has been in his mother’s arms, the two have played together for all the life-long day..." All together now, "aah..."
Another French lullaby, but this time Maurice Ravel takes inspiration from his fellow countryman Gabriel Fauré.
When we think of George Gershwin, we tend to think of his bombastic, jazzy orchestral statements or his show-stopping Broadway tunes. But this delicate little work for string orchestra shows a different, reflective side to the composer.
This is one for the slightly more highbrow babies out there - a plaintive, frequently confusing but ultimately rather uplifting work of hushed beauty.
A choral favourite, and very possibly your baby's favourite too. This is simply and effectively gorgeous, turned from a devotional song into something quite spectral by Holst.