When baby boy was born, his big sister was so excited to share her world with him. She wanted to help in any way she could, but more importantly she wanted to play with him. It was pretty hard to explain to her that he wouldn’t be able to play with her for a long while. It would be months, we’d tell her, before he’d be able to respond to her and show some type of playful activity. However, we knew that a very cool way she could interact with him at such a young age was to sing and read to him.
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Baby girl loves to sing, so singing to her little brother was a natural and fitting way for her to share some time with her new baby brother. It was a true win-win situation: she got to “play” with him, he heard her soft voice as she sang sweet or playful songs, and my husband and I were able to observe the creation of their bond as brother and sister.
I asked my daughter for some songs she likes to sing to her brother. Here is a list of 10 songs, as picked by my six-year-old, that an older sibling can sing to their baby brother or sister:
1) Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
2) Old MacDonald
3) Wheels on the Bus
5) Mary Had a Little Lamb
6) Itsy Bitsy Spider
7) If You’re Happy and You Know It
8) Row, Row, Row Your Boat
9) The Green Grass Grows All Around
10) Five Little Ducks
Of course, there are many other songs out there that siblings can sing to babies, from lullabies to more engaging songs. These are just a few ideas to get you started and are some of my daughter’s favorites.
What songs do you like to sing with your baby?
Melanie writes about parenting and life balance at ModernMami.com.