Singing to your baby is one of the most important things you can do for them. Yes, seeing to their physical needs is critical, but children need much more than a full belly and a clean diaper.
Caregivers who sing to their baby are promoting bonding, cognitive development, and providing a foundation for a lifetime of successful learning. Wondering what songs to sing to your baby? We’ll share our favorites to give you something to start with.
- Bonding: Singing to your baby strengthens the emotional bond between you and your child.
- Language development: Singing helps prepare your baby’s brain for more sophisticated language.
- Reading readiness: Singing promotes basic language development and builds a foundation for learning to read.
- Listening skills: Singing to your baby helps them develop listening and processing skills.
Benefits of Singing to Babies
How does singing songs to your baby benefit them?
Let’s take a look at what your child will learn when you sing to them.
- Bonding: When you sing to your baby, you instinctively make eye contact and smile, and you may be cuddling at the time, too. This strengthens the emotional bond between you and your child.
- The groundwork for language: Singing to your baby prepares their brain for more sophisticated language (1). The sound of your voice and the rhythms of the words — they stimulate the language centers of the brain.
- Reading readiness: While you are promoting basic language development, you are also developing a foundation for learning to read.
- Listening skills: Listening and processing what we hear is a skill we must develop just like any other. When you sing to your baby, they are learning to listen and pay attention to what is going on around them.
- Emotional interaction basics: Sing to your baby and they will smile. Then you smile in return. This is an important lesson in cause and effect, and it teaches your baby about how their own actions influence others.
- They are part of a wider family: Singing is an excellent way to include siblings, other family members, and friends in your baby’s experiences. This will show your baby they are loved by many other people and are part of a wider community.
- Gross motor skills: By singing to your baby and encouraging them to move their body, you are helping them develop gross motor skills.
- Foundational skills for wider learning: Some studies have shown an increase in IQ scores, improved cognitive function, and higher standardized test scores for children who take part in casual or structured musical activities (2).
If you want to sing to your little one, but don’t know where to start, we have put together a list of 50 songs to sing to your baby, along with videos and links to the lyrics if you need a cheat sheet.
Bedtime Songs to Sing to Your Baby
Lullabies are often the first songs parents sing to their babies. And your babies will still love hearing these same songs when they are toddlers.
Here are our top ten.
Silly Songs to Sing to Your Baby
If you are singing to your baby as you play during the day, silly songs may be what you need. Many of these have the added advantage of having hand gestures or other actions you can teach your child.
Easy Songs to Sing to Your Baby
If you are not at all musical, easy songs to sing to your baby are a good starting point.
Sweet Songs to Sing to Your Baby
You’ll love having sweet songs to sing to your baby as you snuggle up to them and think about how much they have changed your life. Many of the songs we have already suggested could fit just as well on this list.
Disney Songs to Sing to Your Baby
Finally, we have our favorite ten Disney songs to sing to your baby.
Disney is a hit with babies and parents everywhere.
Singing To Your Baby
Don’t think of this list of 50 diverse songs to sing to your baby as the end of your musical search.
It should only be your starting point.
Whatever songs you chose to share with your little one, by singing to them you are building bonds and laying foundations for success.
What could possibly be better than that?