Hello! Welcome to learning by step, where I will be sharing about musical activities and more!
Here’s a little about me…
When I was teaching music last year, I debated whether or not I should return this year after my baby was born. I decided to stay home with my baby instead. Since music is very important to me, I decided I would try to find ways to incorporate it into our lives on a daily basis. Over the next few weeks, I will be writing about different ways to enjoy music with your baby.
Music as a tool
Today’s tip is to use music as a transition tool. You can use a song to signal to your baby that a new activity is starting. We have all heard how babies thrive on routines. I have found that routines go more smoothly with music. For instance, my baby used to hate having a diaper change. I made up a silly song about diapers and I now sing that during every diaper change. Diaper time has gotten so much easier!
I also use music as part of my morning routine. When my baby wakes up, I sing a good morning song to him as we go around the house opening curtains and turning on lights. Every time we get in the car, I sing about where we are headed. At bedtime and naptimes, I sing a lullaby.
I like to sing to my baby, but I have also played music for him. I used to play “It’s a Beautiful Morning” by The Rascals for our good morning song. It just seemed easier to me to sing. I usually use familiar tunes for my songs and just change the words, but sometimes I tweak the tunes.
Music can be a fun way to bond with your baby. You might feel silly coming up with songs, but chances are, your baby will think they are great! Don’t be afraid to sing to your baby. Even if you think your singing voice sounds less than pleasing, your baby thinks you sound like the next winner of The Voice.
I would love to hear ways you have used music to bond with your baby. Please leave your comments below!