"Dodo Titit" is a widely known lullaby in Haiti. It means "sleep little one". It sounds like "titit" comes from the French petit.


*Alternatively, this line can be "Dodo ti titit" – "ti" means "small". Sometimes "mamman" or "papa" is at the end of the line – making it "Sleep mommy's little one" or "Daddy's little one".
**Kalalou means both "okra" and "gumbo". Kalalou in the Caribbean often have okra and crab in them. Kalalou is sometimes spelled: "calalu", "calalou", or "calaloo". The word comes from Africa.


You can find variations of this lullaby at: Caribbean Living – Dodo ti pitit manman and The Lullabologist – Dodo Tititwith recording.

If anyone would like to share their version, and/or a recording, feel free to in the comments below or by emailing me at lisa@mamalisa.com .

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