Bye Baby Bunting can be traced back to England in 1731 and then shared again in 184 when it was known as Cry Baby Bunting. The first published version appeared in Gammer Gurton’s Garland in the same year before being printed again in 1805 in Songs for the Nursery in a longer form.
Bunting is an outdated term of affection that could be often used for a baby. It could also be interpreted to mean “plump”, particularly in the buttock area. It’s therefore not a word that you should resurrect to call someone affectionately now!
The rhyme tells us that the baby has been left to sleep as the family set about their important jobs to help keep the baby fed and warm. It has a repetitive rhyme that is simple to learn and offers a relaxing way, even today, to help children unwind at bedtime or to have fun learning new words when playing.
Bye Baby Bunting Lyrics
Bye, baby Bunting,
Daddy’s gone a-hunting,
Gone to get a rabbit skin
To wrap the baby Bunting in