Bye, Baby Bunting

Bye, Baby bunting,
Father's gone a-hunting,
Mother's gone a-milking,
Sister's gone a-silking,
And Brother's gone to buy a skin
To wrap the Baby bunting in.

Bye, Baby Bunting

Origin and History

Bye, Baby Bunting is an old English nursery rhyme of unknown origin. In the year 1731, an edition of the rhyme was made available in England. 


The rhyme tells the story of a baby bunting, a type of small bird, and its mother's efforts to keep it warm and safe. Some researchers suggest that Bye, Baby Bunting might also carry a hidden message about fertility, with the imagery of the new baby being a “bunting”—a type of bird noted for its high reproductive rate—perhaps implying that the mother wants more children.

"Bye, Baby Bunting" is that it is often used as a lullaby to help soothe and calm babies. The gentle melody and soothing lyrics can help to relax and calm young children, making it a popular choice for parents and caregivers.