There’s a reason educators use songs as teaching tools so often; lyrics are remembered long after spoken words are forgotten, and simply hearing a familiar tune can become a cue when it is consistently attached to a specific activity. Today, Veronika and I focused on specific songs for specific occasions.
You can make these up entirely for your baby as long as you are consistent. We like to use the songs from Baby Signing Time, which helps connect word signs to specific moments. Like mealtime…
Or diaper time, or bedtime, and on and on.
I always sing the same song when she wakes up (Frere Jacques) which helps her understand the day has begun, and it’s no longer night.
If you make up your own song, try a familiar melody. At bathtime, I always sing the following to the tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”:
“This is the way we wash your hair
wash your hair
wash your hair.
This is the way we wash your hair
While you take a bath”
Similarly, I have a wordless melody that I hum to Veronika before her morning nap. It works like a charm every time, and I love that we made it up and it’s unique to the two of us.
What musical cues or songs do you use during your baby’s day? Please share in the comments!