Singing songs with your baby

Sing-song time

Songs help your baby learn about language.

Babies like hearing songs and rhymes over and over again. You can add actions to the songs to teach them. Here’s a song called Incy Wincy Spider that little ones love.

Sing along and play. See if you can make up some actions for the spider climbing and falling.

Don’t worry if you’re not a good singer. Your baby will love hearing your voice.

Incy Wincy spider climbing up the spout,
Down came the rain and washed the spider out,
Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain,
And Incy Wincy spider climbed up the spout again.

Using the actions will help turn the song into a story. Your child will anticipate the spider climbing and falling. It helps them get to know the song. In time, they might begin to follow along with you or copy your movements.

Babies like hearing their favourite songs lots. So feel free to repeat it a few times – they won’t find it boring, they’ll find it fun!

Good to know

Babies who regularly enjoy music, singing and rhyming learn to speak more easily. They have more words to express themselves and are more confident and creative.