I have always wondered what people did for bedtime songs. I love singing and I was even on pitch once or twice and it seems a traditional way to calm down a child. However, I have always wanted to have my own songs to sing instead of just using the same ones my parents did. We first chose "Amazing Grace" since I figured it was useful to have a song which the grandparents and other babysitters would know. I also wanted Maria to know some of her Protestant heritage and songs seemed appropriate.
Even before official bedtime songs, I was singing "When You Dream" by the BareNaked Ladies to Maria when I changed her diapers. I wanted to learn "Goodnight, My Angel" by Billy Joel but it was too forced. I just don't like it enough. Recently, I've been trying to add more to the repertoire so that I don't have to sing the same thing every night. A future seminarian, who shall remain nameless, gave me the idea of singing "His Cheeseburger" from VeggieTales. This is the only Silly Song which I know by heart and it is also the only one which is quiet enough to induce sleep. I just don't see "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" leading to sleep.