Why do it?
- Baby can hear for at least the last 10 weeks of pregnancy.
- Singing to baby helps them recognise familiar voices and the languages they speak.
- Repeating the same lullabies will help baby become familiar with them.
- After baby is born, those familiar lullabies will be soothing for baby because they already know them.
- Sometimes families have a traditional lullaby that’s sung to babies — this is part of family culture. Hearing the family lullaby helps baby to feel they belong.
How to do it
- You can sing to baby any time — do it often.
- It’s pleasant to be sitting, maybe even rocking, as you sing.
- Dad can be part of this — baby will get to know his voice too.
- Mum can stroke her puku as she sings — this is relaxing for mum and baby.
Try these well-known lullabies:
- Hush little baby
- Rock-a-bye baby
- Moe moe pēpi (Te Kākano, page 9)
- Hine e hine (Te Kākano, page 21)
- Aue māmā (Te Kākano, page 33).
Using more reo Māori
|Te whare tangata||Womb|
|Takarure||Say again and again|
|Whakapīoioi||To rock to and fro|
|E noho||Sit down|