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Nursery Rhyme Songs to Sing to Your New Baby

 

Singing nursery rhymes to your children is a fun way to interact with the kids and help with their language development. A parent-child sing-along is always a lot of fun for both of you and learning for the kid.

Why Is It Important To Sing Nursery Rhyme Songs To Your Baby?

Well, the songs we listen to may have an underlying meaning that isn’t age-appropriate for your child. The safest songs to sing to them are nursery rhymes. First of all, the singing and the words develop their language skills. The songs will expose them to a wider variety of words that can help enrich their vocabulary. Some songs include numbers, which will teach the child to count.

Nursery rhymes can effectively teach young toddlers and babies about melody. Singing it to them gives them an early introduction to music and melody. It increases the fun factor for the kids, and you can sing along to them whenever and wherever. This helps create a solid bonding and real connection with your son or daughter.

These songs can also get your child moving. Since most nursery rhymes are action songs, it’s great for increasing their motor skills and help develop coordination skills and body awareness. And when it’s bedtime, humming these songs will be calming for both the parent and the child. Your child will forever remember that when he was a kid, there was a loving parent who sang nursery rhymes to teach him and to keep him happy.

Nursery Rhymes for Babies and Toddlers

With all these positive effects of singing songs to your baby, check out these nursery rhyme songs to teach your child:

1. The Alphabet Song

A B C D E F G

H I J K L M N O P

Q R S T U V

W X Y and Z

Now I know my ABCs

Next time won’t you sing with me?

You don’t just list the alphabet, you sing them. Remember how helpful singing ABC’s was to you when you were in school? In the same way, your kids can also absorb the alphabet better in song form.

2. Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

There were a lot of versions of this song, but nothing beats the classic, traditional version. Sing it to your child, and he’ll remember it for the rest of his life.

3. Incy Wincy Spider

Incy wincy spider climbed up the water spout,

Down came the rain and washed the spider out,

Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain

And the incy wincy spider climbed up the spout again!

For young babies, you can lie the child on your lap or the bed in front of you and sing this song to them. And as you sing, let your hand crawl up their legs and stomachs in a pitter-patter motion of your fingers. It would be fun to see your baby giggling here! But as the baby grows into a toddler, you can sing it together while moving your hands to make the “spider” climb up the spout.

4. Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, row, row, your boat gently down the stream,

Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily,

Life is but a dream.

There’s a full six-verse version of this popular nursery rhyme if you don’t know. This song is great to sing with rowing actions, which your child will be willing to try doing in real life once you go boating (or even simply being in any water).

5. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle twinkle, little star,

How I wonder where you are?

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle twinkle, little star

How I wonder where you are?

This is a perfect lullaby that can get your baby to sleep at night. When the morning comes, teach your baby to sing it with actions, and he’ll enjoy the open and close move with it.

6. Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Old MACDONALD had a farm

E-I-E-I-O

And on his farm he had a cow

E-I-E-I-O

With a moo-moo here

And a moo-moo there

Here a moo, there a moo

Everywhere a moo-moo

Old MacDonald had a farm

E-I-E-I-O

It sounds silly for adults, but for kids, this song is very educational. Your baby can get to practice and get familiar with animal noises, and have fun with actions. You can add verses featuring other farm animals such as goats, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats, and more.

7. This Old Man

This old man, he played one,

He played knick-knack on my thumb;

With a knick-knack paddy wack,

Give a dog a bone,

This old man came rolling home.

It’s one of the weirdest nursery rhymes out there but also the funniest for the kids. They will surely giggle as you sing, “knick-knack paddy wack.”

8. One, Two, Three, Four, Five

One two three four five

Once I caught a fish alive,

Six seven eight nine ten

Then I let him go again!

Why did you let him go?

Because he bit my finger so!

Which finger did he bite?

This little finger on my right!

An exciting song to sing for kids, this nursery rhyme helps with counting and singing. It will also send your kid to a hysterical giggle if you act to bite his or her little finger.

9. Hey Diddle, Diddle

Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,

The cow jumped over the moon,

The little dog laughed to see such fun

And the dish ran away with the spoon.

This silly old song is a perfect lullaby to a baby or a bedtime sing-along with a toddler. You may change the lyrics to include the kid’s names, your dog’s name, and all sorts of fun variations. Your child will encourage you to sing more.

10. This Little Piggy Went to Market

This little piggy went to market.

This little piggy stayed home.

This little piggy had roast beef.

This little piggy had none.

And this little piggy cried, “Wee, wee, wee!”

All the way home.

This nursery rhyme is more of a chant than a song. And as you sing it, touch each to starting from the biggest and moving down to the smallest. As you chant the words “all the way home,” tickle your child all over and watch him squeal. It’s the cutest thing you’ll ever see.

11. Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes,

Knees and toes.

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes,

Knees and toes.

And eyes, and ears, and mouth, and nose.

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes,

Knees and toes.

(Repeat)

This is a fun nursery rhyme complete with gestures to teach your child about basic body parts. Touch each body part as you sing and see your child imitating your moves. Kids will love singing to this song.

12. Hush, Little Baby

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,

Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.

And if that mockingbird don’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.

Hush, Little Baby is a beautiful nursery rhyme to sing to your little one as he or she falls asleep. When your baby hears it, he will be reminded that it’s bedtime, and it’s time to sleep.

13. If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it.

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

This happy song has gestures, so when you teach it to your child, move as you sing along. The first verse encourages you to clap, while the next ones go along with “stomp your feet,” and “shout ‘hurray.'”

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