"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature can not do without." ~Confucius

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Baby's Body Awareness

One great benefit to doing chants and rhymes with your baby is that they facilitate baby's discovery of his/her own body. Infants become aware of their own body little bits at a time. I still remember when all my babies discovered their hand or foot for the first time and what a delight it was to see the intrigued look in their eyes as they examined this new discovery....

To help your baby discover his/her own body more and more, consider doing baby chants on the left and right sides of their body. This will help them feel and discover more than just their bellies and those cute little cheeks that everyone pinches.

For example, start from the foot or the hip on the Right side and rhythmically move your fingers up to the pattern of the chant (ending with a big tickle).
 Then try the Left....

You can use any chants you like (you can always browse on this site), but here are a few that are shorter, so they work well for your short little bundle of joy and time-out well for a trip up or down the side of your baby). 

Jump A Little 
Jump a little, jump a little,  (jump with your fingers)
Jump, jump, crow. 
Have a little cake 
and away we'll go! 

Little Grasshopper
There was a little grasshopper, 
always on the 'jump'  (jump with your hand)
Because he never looked ahead, 
He always went "Bump!"   (tap baby's head or nose)

And, tried and true, your favorite and mine, 

To Market, To Market
To market, to market, to buy a fat pig, 
Home again, home again, jiggity jig. 

To market, to market to buy a fat hog. 
Home again, home again, jiggety jog. 

To market, to market to buy a plum bun, 
Home again, home again, market is done! 

This one has oodles of possibilities! We like to go up one side during line one, then down the other side on line two, repeating this pattern for each verse. 

To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,  (travel up baby's left side)
Home again, home again, jiggity jig.  (travel down baby's right side, tickling foot at the bottom each time.) 

Incorporate as many little tickles as possible to get those babies laughing and more aware of all their amazing and adorable little bodies! 


And... little (well, not-so-little anymore!... sniff, sniff...) baby M added high five for a job well done! 

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