The song rut. We've all been there. I can't say how many times I have sung
the song Row Your Boat to our nine month old the past few months. We do it
over and over because they giggle and squeal, to distract them at diaper
changes, or simply to try and help stop their tears.
"Babies like to hear you sing because it mimics their own sounds," says
Daniela Montalto, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist at the NYU Child Study
Center in New York City. "A baby's cooing and babbling is actually very
Do you need some new songs for your arsenal? Here are some that we have been
singing at Baby Basics, and Rhyme, Rhythm & Read this month!
I'm a Little Daisy (sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot")
I'm a little daisy, slim and tall (stand tall with hands to side)
Here are my petals (raise arms around head to make circle of flower)
Here is my stem (lay arms next to body)
When the sun comes up (raise arms up)
And the rain comes down (wiggle fingers down)
I grow, grow up from the ground!
Acka backa cracker, acka backa BOO! (surprise face with hands out, like
Acka backa cracker, up goes you! (lift baby or child up)
Acka backa cracker, acka backa BOO! (surprise face with hands out)
Acka backa cracker, I love you! (hug or kiss child. You can also sign I love
Snail & Mouse
Slowly, slowly creeps the garden snail (slowly creep/slide fingers along baby
or child's tummy, etc)
Slowly, slowly up the wooden rail… (continue slowly moving)
Quickly, quickly runs the little mouse! (quickly scamper your "mouse feet
fingers" around baby/child)
Quickly, quickly all around the house!
I hope you enjoy singing and rhyming some of these with your little ones, and
remember they can always be adapted for older siblings to join it as well!
Chani is our new Baby programming coordinator for momstown Central Alberta! Come out to baby basics on Thursdays to join her and other moms with babies for crafts, discussions and of course FUN!
Have fun singing!