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.

Equipment required

  • Your choice of lullaby

Duration

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

Training Videos

 

family signing song from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

I Love You-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Hush Little Baby-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Its Raining Its Pouring-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Twinkle Twinkle-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

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.