|Babies||Walkers to 2||2s to 3s||3s to 4s|
Overview and benefit
Research has shown that babies respond positively to the quiet, lilting quality of lullabies and they can help reduce stress levels and aid sleep. Any song, sung in this way, will have the same affect. The physical contact that comes through cuddling and rocking whilst singing lullabies to babies also promotes attachment and contentment.
- Your choice of lullaby
Up to six weeks
How it works
This activity is all about encouraging parents and babies to get close and cuddly and teaching them some lovely gentle lullabies which they can also enjoy singing at home when they need to have a quiet moment.
What to do in the class
Calm the class down from the previous activity and ask parents to cuddle their baby (if their baby is happy to be cuddled at this point). You could have the class seated with babies cuddled on laps, or standing and being gently rocked if that is easier for the parents. Choose one of the lullabies and sing it through whilst gently rocking baby. Encourage the parent to look at their baby in the eyes as they sing (if the baby’s position allows it).
- Meet my family
- I love you
- Rock a bye baby
- Hush Little Baby
- It’s Raining It’s Pouring
- Twinkle Twinkle
Adaptations for older/younger children
This activity is designed to be enjoyed by babies
What to do in a nursery setting
Encourage nursery staff to be holding and rocking the babies, one to one if possible but if not two to one with both babies cradled in their laps.