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Use the word ‘quiet’ instead of the more common ‘soft’ to describe volume. This avoids confusion with other concepts of softness, associated with touch and feel (soft fur). The concept of loudness is one of the first that children acquire, even when they are toddlers.

Expose bub to age-appropriate musical experiences and classes.

Repertoire of songs should include:

  • Action games,
  • game songs and rhymes
  • Ring games
  • Songs that tell stories
  • Songs involving repetition
  • Songs from a variety and cultures and in different languages
  • Nursery rhymes

"If music be the food of life, play on." - William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Play musical games and fingerplays. Clap the beat as you sing, and take bub’s hands and clap the beats. There are many wonderful fingerplays, such as:

  • Where is Thumbkin
  • The farmer in the dell
  • The brave old duke of york
  • The wheels on the bus
  • Trot, trot to Boston
  • Where is the beehive.

Encourage your child to dance to the music, march, sing, whistle melodies, hum tunes and play musical games with other children. These boost your child’s growing language, listening and motor skills.

Whenever baby is facing you as you sing:

  • Maintain eye contact
  • Make your face as well as your voice expressive and smile
  • Support the baby’s head and back unless baby can do this unaided, in which case you can support them by holding their hands


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