Singing nursery songs and bedtime lullabies seems synonymous with parenthood. You hold your child for countless hours throughout their first and second years of life, and throughout the rest of their childhood. For the past eight years I’ve sung multiple nursery songs almost every day and at bedtime, with very few exceptions to the infinitive of me singing nursery rhyme songs to and with my children every single day of their lives so far. While I’ve never been a decent singer, or felt comfortable singing in front of other adults solo, singing to my children just came out intrinsically as a first-time mom to my oldest and with my subsequent two children. There are times recently where I feel stuck on singing and sharing a handful of nursery rhymes with my children; thus, I’m going to need to review this BBC list of nursery songs. Our recently turned two-year-old, Cora, likes the “Itsy, Bitsy, Spider”, “You Are Our Sunshine”, and “Pop! Goes the Weasel!” We will sing these songs over, and over again. While singing these songs and other nursery songs repetitively may exhaust oneself and ones usually enthusiastic six-year-old nursery song singing son, the value of singing nursery songs and lullabies to your babies and children is highly beneficial. Singing to and with your child is just as beneficial as the power of talking to your child. The power of singing nursery rhymes also adds confidence, hand, eye and body movement coordination along with language acquisition and helps improve the parent and child relationship with giggles, often funny movements and helps create memories.
Here are two links supporting the benefits of singing nursery songs: The Surprising Meaning and Benefits of Nursery Rhymes, and Singing to Children May Help Development of Language Skills.
What nursery songs and lullabies do you favor singing to your child? What nursery songs and lullabies do you recall singing or listening to as a child?
Remember parents and caregivers, your child isn’t judging your voice; your child just wants to hear your calming and enjoyable voice singing. Soon enough they will be singing along with you.
Enjoy singing parents and caregivers!