How to Incorporate Music into the Lives of Babies and Toddlers
How can you incorporate music into the lives of your baby or toddler? It’s easy! Try these tips:
- Have music playing in the background during your daily activities . . . or even during naptime. Babies often respond well to soft, slow music. Toddlers may prefer bouncy, fun children’s songs. However, soft, slow music still works best during toddler naptime.
- Sing to your baby or toddler. Sing songs you know, be they pop, “oldies”, or other, as long as they comfort or entertain your child. Sing lessons that you are teaching (i.e., the alphabet song). Sign songs about the activities that occupy you and your baby or toddler (i.e., “The Wheels on the Bus Go ‘Round and ‘Round” when you are riding the bus). Sing songs you create about lessons, activities, etc. Just sing.
- Establish theme songs for certain activities or events and sing the theme songs whenever the activity or event occurs. For example, it may become ritual for the family to sing “On Top of Spaghetti” whenever a family meal is being prepared.
- Provide your baby or toddler with musical toys. Many stuffed animals play music (i.e., lullabies). Some toys are beginner musical instruments that are toddler-appropriate.
- Take your toddler to age-appropriate music-related events. An excellent example is Disney on Ice.
- If your toddler shows an interest in playing an instrument or singing, enroll your toddler in music or voice lessons.
- Speak with your toddler about how music makes you feel. Ask your toddler how music makes him feel. (For example, “This song makes me feel sleepy. How does it make you feel?”)
These are only a few examples of what you can do to incorporate music into the lives of your baby or toddler. Be creative. Each family and each community have options that are unique. Find what is right for you and your child . . . and enjoy!
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