Working songs and rhymes into your daily routine is a wonderful way to bond with your baby while supporting his or her development. Try out these simple songs and rhymes with your child!
Silly Songs for Babies
Round and Round the Garden is a simple chant suitable for all ages. Use it to make diaper and clothing changes more fun.
Tic Toc is a new favorite of mine. Sing to your baby while she is on her back, tickling gently on each “Cuckoo!” Use the motions in the video for babies who have good head and neck control. Older siblings have a lot of fun moving their teddy bears to this one.
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.
Big Fat Hen (at 35 seconds) is a simple counting song that you can continue from infancy through preschool. Older siblings can join the fun by holding a teddy bear.
Zoom Zoom Zoom. Bouncing songs like this one continue to be favorites well into toddlerhood. Hold your child so that she is facing you while you sing and enjoy the smiles.
Pat-a-Cake. Remember this one from your childhood? Personalize the song by saying your child’s name instead of “Baby.” Demonstrate the hand motions rather than moving baby’s body for her. Watch her experiment with her own movements while you sing.
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.
Baby Birdie. Babies love flying like little birds during this fun lap song.
Babies love repetition. Sing these songs often and they will soon become familiar favorites for your family.