Spanish Lullabies: The Best Folk Songs for Babies and Kids

by | Jan 22, 2016

Inside: A list of the best Spanish lullabies and folk songs on YouTube, for babies and toddlers.


When we decided to raise bilingual kids, it wasn’t just a matter of speaking two languages. We wanted our babies to be bi-cultural: to move freely between the Latino and U.S. cultures, to feel connected to both.

And of course, there’s no better place to start than with music and poetry. Music is deeply entrenched in the Latino experience, and there’s a rich tradition to pass onto our kids. As a non-native speaker, myself, I learned my favorite childhood nursery rhymes in Spanish, and studied up on traditional Spanish lullabies that were new to me.

Unexpectedly, we ended up moving back to Peru when our kids were 2 and 4. It was such a delight to watch them sing along with their tías and primos, without missing a beat. I’m so grateful they got the best of both worlds, from the start.


Spanish Lullabies and Folk Songs


There are so many good folk songs, it was hard to choose! These are my top picks, though– the ones you just can’t miss. We love these for learning culture and learning Spanish. You can find all my theme lists for Spanish children’s songs and Spanish poems as well, if you want more!


1. Arrorró mi niño



2. Los pollitos dicen, pío pío, pío



3. Arroz con leche


I like the drawings in the first one better, but the lyrics are what we sing in the second.



4. Cucú cucú cantaba la rana



5. De colores


Love both versions!



6. Que llueva



7. A la nañita nana



8. Pin pón



9. Naranja dulce



10. La cucaracha



11. El barquito chiquito



12. Un elefante se balanceaba



Make sure you check out my Pinterest board for música infantil too!

Follow Spanish Mama’s board Música infantil / Music for little ones on Pinterest.

Did I miss any of your favorite Spanish lullabies or folk songs? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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Spanish lullabies on YouTube


Hey! I’m Elisabeth, a teacher and mom raising two bilingual kids in the Peruvian jungle. Read our story here. I love digging up the best Spanish resources for all you busy parents and teachers!

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