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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Singing with your Baby or Toddler............Do You??

I must admit that I am not really one for singing to my kids, probably something to do with my awful, out of tune voice - how could I possibly sing my baby to sleep when the sound of my voice would make your ears bleed, those awful singers that they make fun of at the X-Factor auditions are not a patch on me!

Just recently I took Jack to our local Toddler group where we have been a few times before. For the second hour of the session Libby from Smart Talkers came and did some singing and signing with the little ones. I joined in enthusiastically, singing and attempting to remember the signs whilst Jack played in the ball pool and fought for his turn on the ride on train!  I thought he wasn't taking much notice of the singing & signing but hoped he would in the weeks to come.

On the car journey home, still with the tune of 'Twinkle Twinkle' and 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' in my head I absent-mindedly began to sing, and Jack joined in! So for the week since then I have been singing to Jack, not to get him to sleep, more of a distraction - he looks at me like I am some kind of freak, but it works - he sits on the potty for more than 2 seconds whilst we reel off 'Twinkle Twinkle', 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' and 'Wind the bobbin up' and when he starts shouting & screaming in the car I just start singing, and Jack joins in.

It's only been a week, but our almost daily singing has paid off, at the weekend he highly amused Grandma with his rendition of 'inkle inkle, ittle dar', and his speech has come on in leaps and bounds, so however bad you may think your singing voice is, don't worry, it really can't be as bad as mine.......and my little one loves it! 


  1. We sing all the time - you are right about it supporting language development. I love to hear my little one joining in with the songs on the Glee CD we have in the car for the benefit of my older girls. So cute.
    QWERTY Mum

  2. What a great post! Although we all think we have bad voices, to our little ones they're the best voices in the world!
    The benefits of nursery rhymes cannot be understated but it's a dying art these days.

  3. We sing everything, and I mean everything - nursery rhymes, pop, rap, oldies, we even sing random stuff that isn't really a song. Oh and where I can I change a key word to my sons name and he loves that.

    When he gets out of the bath we wrap him up tight in a towel and hold him like a baby (he is 2.3) and he picks a song - we have everything from: rock a bye baby to Rags to Riches to On top of Spaghetti.

    I am making the most of it while he doesn't realise I am a horrendous singer!! :)

  4. I love singing with my two.
    I am not saying that I am a good singer either, but they don't judge so I am at my most confident when I am warbling away with them.

    I signed too, with both of my two.
    I was a HUGE fan. Even set us my own group to try to get other mothers to see the benefits. But I ended up with 2 people :(
    Oh wel, we are the back of beyond, it is hard to start new things in the back of beyond ;)



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