Working songs and rhymes into your daily routine is a a wonderful way to bond with your baby while supporting his or her development. Below, I’ve collected a few of my favorites for you. I plan to use all of these with my baby boy when he arrives!
Songs and Rhymes for Babies
- Round and Round the Garden is a simple chant suitable for newborns and up.
- This Little Piggie was a favorite of mine as a child. I like to replace the lyrics “roast beef” with whatever the child likes to eat.
- This video teaches three great songs. The first is the classic chant Pat-a-Cake. Sometimes I say the child’s name instead of “Baby”and prefer to end with a tummy tickle.
- Big Fat Hen (at 35 seconds) is a simple counting song that you can continue from infancy through preschool. Toddlers and preschoolers can move their own bodies or move a teddybear.
- London bridge (at 1:05) is a classic children’s tune for babies and beyond. This video shows movements to use with your baby and toddler.
- Tic Toc is a new favorite of mine. Sing to your newborn while she is one her back, tickling gently on each “Cuckoo!” Use the motions in the video for babies who are ready. Toddlers and preschoolers can use their own bodies or do the motions with a teddy bear.
- Baby’s Lullaby (song at 1:20) is a lovely tune I recently discovered. It’s a wonderful bedtime song to rock your baby to!
Tips for Using Songs and Rhymes with Your Baby
- Take Baby’s development into consideration when adding the motions to these songs. Be gentle and supportive with newborns. Make any “tickles” less surprising. As babies grow, they will come to enjoy larger movements and more surprises.
- Read Baby’s cues. Is she making eye contact? Is she turning away? Adjust your voice and motions to meet her needs.
- Sing often. The more familiar your baby is with the songs the more he will enjoy them. Set aside a few minutes each day for some special music time together. Your baby will look forward to these times and learn through repetition.