Babies love music.
I remember the many hours I spent holding my little ones. When they were happy and we had a quiet moment, I wanted a way to interact with them. Singing came naturally to me, since I grew up in a musical home. I would sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “ABCs” but soon I would run out of songs to sing. That changed when I was introduced to early childhood music classes, after which I had an endless number of songs to sing with my children.
If you would like to learn some of these songs to enhance your daily routine, watch these short videos where I model teaching babies through musical activities.
Benefits of singing with your baby:
- emotional health,
- mental development, and
- communication and more!
How to Sing With a Baby
Singing with my children made us happier and smarter. These musical activities will do the same for you. The following video is first of 10 in the “Lights in the Sky” playlist. Enjoy!
Enjoy these baby and toddler FREE music classes on YouTube:
- Lights in the Sky (Babies)
- Choo Choo Trains (Babies)
- Grandmas and Grandpas (Toddlers and Preschoolers)
- Happy Toddlers
- Music in My Backyard (Toddlers and Preschoolers)
More articles about the value of music in teaching infants through school aged children
- Music Enhances the Bond between Parent and Child
- Music Education Benefits Children
- How to Sing a Lullaby to Your Baby
- “Come Follow Me” Songs to Sing to Your Child
- Baby Music and Me: Lights in the Sky
- Baby Music and Me: Choo Choo Trains
Here are all the “Lights in the Sky” videos:
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
Exercise gets the blood pumping, digestion moving, and encourages deep breathing. This intentional touch is super helpful in communicating love and security too. We all need to be touched and babies are no exception.
Vocal play is an age appropriate activity to further literacy and communication. In vocal play, baby is encouraged to babble and coo. These verbalizations strengthen breathing and confidence, especially if you listen and respond with love.
Allee Galloo Galloo – Nonsense Song
This song is for fun. It also reinforces “up and down” like we played with in vocal play. It is catchy too, so sing it all you want. All songs, once you have them memorized, or the lyrics on a card or paper on the wall, can and should be sung throughout your regular busy routine to enhance learning and making your day funner. You will notice that after “communicating” with your child all day long, your baby will feel more understood and thus, less frustrated. This results in a happier baby.
Oh, Mr. Sun
This song is just fun. After repetition, a baby can begin doing the motions. Peek-a-boo is always a favorite!
Oh How Lovely is the Evening
This song is full of learning. Here I introduce resonator bars, rest position, and spoon tapping. He catches on fast. With repetition and consistency, he will understand and do actions, rest position and steady beat by himself. Notice I model the whole song first. Be sure to use a high voice. It is easier for baby to imitate your pitch if you come up a few notches.
Here We Go Looby Lou
Now it is the parent’s turn to exercise. This dance can be a social experience if you involve Dad or other family members. Have faces looking at each other, tummies pointing to the center. Notice how I am holding this baby. Babies like seeing other people’s faces too, in fact it is often their favorite thing to look at.
Star Light Star Bright
Taking turns teaches patience, trust and good sportsmanship. Games that teach taking turns have long term benefits. To learn early and in a fun way will allow baby to feel content and secure in later games, responsibilities and life – all of which require taking turns.
May There Always Be Sunshine – A Baby Love Song
Babies are like adults in many ways. For one, they love hearing their name. In this song you can also add names from the family that they will recognize. Sing, learn and love.
Hush Little Baby – Lullaby
This is a long, but classic lullaby. Ease into it. Notice my little rhyme that I share at the beginning? Man! He really responded perfectly. Don’t be discouraged if your child doesn’t yawn when you talk about bedtime. This baby’s response was written in the script. (haha!)
All songs, once you have them memorized, or the lyrics on a card or paper on the wall, can and should be sung throughout your regular busy routine to enhance learning and making your day funner. You will notice that after “communicating” with your child all day long, your baby will feel more understood and thus, less frustrated. This results in a happier baby.
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