rock to (something)

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rock to (something)

1. To dance, sway, or sing along very enthusiastically to some music, especially rock and roll. My dad always embarrasses me so much when he starts rocking to AC/DC in the car. I've never seen anyone rock to Mozart like that before.
2. To cause or help someone to fall asleep by moving them back and forth or side to side in a gentle, rhythmic motion. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "rock" and "to." I've been trying to rock the baby to sleep for hours now, but she just won't settle. He held his sick husband in his arms and rocked him to sleep.
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rock someone to something

to help someone, usually an infant, get to sleep by rocking in a rocking chair, cradle, or carriage. It is best to rock the baby to sleep after you feed her. Somehow she learned to rock herself to sleep.
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And it is this which will mean your child is OK, whether you wean them on to purees or choose "baby-led weaning", whether you let them settle themselves or rock them to sleep, face them towards you in the pushchair or outward, put them in nursery or stay at home.
Carmela said: "It's like a military operation - change them, feed them, rock them to sleep. But I come from a big Italian family and they have all been a great help."
She did not want to eat them, but simply to possess them, to take them in and out of that pink cradle, to hold them in her hands and rock them to sleep. Each morning, when they passed the shop, Louisa scolded her for loitering.
Tiny Zainab and Maladh, daughters of the hotel night manager, let me rock them to sleep.
That bossy nanny woman says that whatever you do, for the love of God, DON'T ROCK THEM TO SLEEP. Gosh, no.
Others calmed babies by sitting them atop the machines and letting the vibrations rock them to sleep.
You can swing them, pet them, hug and kiss them - even rock them to sleep!