5 Ways to Sing with Baby
Singing is a great way to both stimulate and soothe a baby. Using songs and rhymes in different ways can help with their development. Here are 5 different types of song/rhyme activities that you could do with the babies in your care:
These are songs and rhymes where the baby will just listen to you sing with or without a prop. They may be in your arms, lying, or sitting in front of you.
Just listening to your voice
You can stimulate a baby by just using your voice in different ways. E.g repetitive sounds, going up and down in pitch (high/low sounds), quiet and loud singing…
With a prop
Using props can help develop a baby's ability to trace and grasp an object e.g: scarves, puppets, bubbles…
(NB adults must always be mindful of babies putting props in their mouths)
This is where a baby is on your knee/lap and feeling the steady beat/pulse. If they have neck control let the baby face you as you sing and bounce them; there’s usually lots of giggles from babies during these songs/rhyme. You could add a bounce to most songs and rhymes e.g. the wheels on the bus; old Macdonald; 1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive…
A song or rhyme where you stand up and move about so that the baby can feel a strong movement: marching, swaying… You may like to try the Grand old Duke of York. If you feel happy to, when you sing ‘up’ lift the baby up above you and then on the ‘down’ bring them back down.
Finger, Tummy and Toe rhymes. Songs and rhymes that have a tickle encourage gurgles and laughs! e.g: Tommy thumb; under teddy’s jumper; round and round the garden…
5. Quiet Singing
These can be lullabies, or any song/rhyme to soothe a baby. It is how you use your voice that makes the difference: singing quiet and slow. To help you, it is worth building a collection of songs/rhyme that you use specifically to soothe and relax babies as they will begin to associate them with calm time.
If you would like to learn more about this singing with babies please take a look at my Baby Music Online Training Course: https://musicalabc.simplero.com/baby-music
A trainee who has completed the course mentions how the singing section of the training has helped her: “Section 3 was very good and informative... especially how to sing the songs with a group as well as on a one-to-one basis. Sensory themes very good. I also found how to structure a baby class useful.” Liz Nightingale
Happy Music Making!