Hi and welcome to my last Pram Jam Blog for the year. I thought I would talk about music and singing and its benefits. Music brings people together and is everywhere and has such a calming effect on babies and toddlers.  Music and singing also makes people feel happy and is a great way for children to express themselves and release emotions. It is also a great social activity which involves the whole family. Children love to sing and listen to music at home. Most parents will have a favorite bath time/ bed time song or rhyme that your child will want you to sing every day.  Lullabies have been used for years to soothe babies and toddlers. When a lullaby is sung rather than a recorded version it is more effective in calming your baby or toddler. Singing also develops memory and listening skills. If you have a favorite song sing it with your child and see if they can sing it back to you.

Some of the books and music CDs I have selected are:

Head, shoulders, knees and toes and other action rhymes

head, shoulders, knees

 

 

The 12 engines of Christmas

12 engines of christmas

Baby Beethoven [sound recording] : a soothing classical music experience for babies; a concert for little ears inspired by the music of Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

baby beethoven

 

 

Some of the rhymes I have selected are:

Twinkle, Twinkle little star

Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are

Hush Little Baby 

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word.
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird

And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring

And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat

And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover

And if that dog named Rover won’t bark
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart

And if that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town

I hope you enjoy reading my blog and I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and I look forward to seeing you all at Pram Jams in the New Year.