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).
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!
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!