Why do it?
- Singing provides a rich experience — tune, rhythm, harmony, movement, language and culture — all enhancing the development of connections in baby’s brain.
- Singing is also a fun way of repeating an experience, which makes brain pathways stronger.
- Singing releases endorphins (‘feel good’ hormones), which benefit baby and whānau.
- When whānau sing with baby it strengthens their relationship.
How to do it
- Sing anywhere and anytime.
- Sing in your family’s language(s).
- Make up songs to accompany your daily activities — for example, you can sing a nappy-changing song to the tune of ‘Here we go round the mulberry bush’: ‘This is the way we… ‘change a nap’ ‘clean that bottom’ ‘put on powder’ ‘do up the flaps’ ‘have a cuddle’.
- Try some finger rhymes — maybe you remember ones from your childhood? ‘Round and round the garden’ is an old school favourite.
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