Songs That Get Babies Moving
We all love music — babies included. And while you may be praying that your little one shares your same passion for indie rock, she is bound to have an opinion of her own. Moms reveal which songs — both beloved and cringe-worthy — get their children moving!
"Three Little Birds" - Bob Marley
“This song used to help put Lucas to sleep and calm him, but now he dances to it! It’s hard to believe that before he would doze off to the same song that now makes his eyes light up. The only problem is that this song makes me want to kick back on a tropical island, but my boy keeps me moving, too!” - Chenoa S.
"I've Got a Feeling" - Black Eyed Peas
“We were at a wedding reception that was kid-friendly so we brought our daughter Addelyn with us. When the DJ played this song by the Black Eyed Peas Addy had the biggest smile on her face and was bouncing up and down. I was worried that we had kept her out too late but this song perked her right up!” - Anastasia L.
"Who Let the Dogs Out" - Baha Men
“There is truly no song that I find more annoying than “Who Let the Dogs Out” and, of course, my daughter Olivia can’t get enough of it. She especially loves the part where they sing “Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof” — thinks it’s hysterical. Ordinarily I would like nothing more than to never hear this song again, but I can’t deny her the opportunity to bust a move whenever she hears it.” - Jess F.
Anything by the Laurie Berkner Band
“It doesn’t matter what the song, Laurie Berkner Band gets both of my daughters dancing up a storm. In the beginning the older one would rile up my younger daughter to dance along with her, but now they”re both on their feet as soon as they hear the first notes of one of her songs.”
- Tara M.
"Baby" - Justin Bieber
“My husband and I thought for sure we had dodged a bullet on this whole Justin Bieber craze because we only have a baby boy, not a 13-year-old daughter. We spoke too soon. Our son Dylan listens to “Baby” on repeat. He smiles and shakes his butt. Maybe he is our own pop sensation in the making.” - Dawn A.
"Hey Soul Sister" - Train
“Whenever this song comes on the radio Ryan starts to dance. I guess he’s in sync with the programming director at the radio station because it’s on all of the time. I swear he is Train’s biggest fan.” - Meridith D.
"Cecilia" - Simon & Garfunkel
“Not so surprisingly my daughter Cecelia loves this Simon & Garfunkel song — I’m sure because she gets to hear her name over and over again but she really seems to enjoy the beat. She bobs up and down and does “her move” where she flaps her arm around in a circle.” - Jean S.
"Shake Your Sillies Out" - Raffi
“This is the perfect song for my kids because they have a lot of sillies to shake out! Both of my children love this one and think it’s funny to wiggle around to.” - Charlotte C.
"Shout" - The Isley Brothers
“My son actually first heard a holiday take on this song in the form of one of those animatronic Santas that are available around Christmas time. This Santa “sang” a version of “Shout” and my son thought it was so funny and would keep replaying it, bouncing up and down and laughing every single time. Now we listen to versions of the song with the original lyrics and he still loves it.” - Lauren C.
"The Wheels on the Bus"
“This song always gets my little girl moving. It”s her favorite song in music class. She gets excited about it every time.” - Renee M.
"Snuggle Puppy" - Sandra Boynton
“We received this book as a gift when Crosby was about 2-months-old and we would sing the song that goes along with it quite a bit. Now he loves when I play the mp3 of it on my computer and sways along with the song.” - Diana J.
“Sadie first got turned on to this song in her gym class when the teacher sang it and did a puppet show along with the song. She moves to it and thinks it”s really funny — you can’t go wrong with that.” - Tiffany R.