· How big? – You can teach the concept of large and small, as well as helping gross motor development by asking how big things are and spreading arms wide or putting hands close together for small things.
· Old MacDonald – This old, old song is a great way to teach animals and the sounds they make. Your child will be able to imitate the sounds long before they can sing the song, so encourage a duet on this one.
· One, two, buckle my shoe – This one is great for teaching numbers, and kids love to hear rhymes.
· Songs – Babies love to hear you sing, so it’s important to get a good repertoire. You may also find that one particular song can calm your baby when nothing else will, so pay close attention to your baby’s reactions to different songs.
You might feel silly playing some of these games at first, but once you see the impact on your baby, you’ll get over your stage fright. Games and songs are critical to your baby’s development and to cementing that bond between the two of you. These little rituals are your first opportunity to have fun with your baby, so don’t miss out!
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