The joys of toddler singing…

I’m writing this while my toddler has her afternoon nap, having just had the absolutely adorable experience of hearing her sing herself to sleep with Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. If I hadn’t been elbow deep in dirty washing at the time I would have recorded it! It’s a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while now and I had to capture it today before the moment passes again, as these things so quickly do.

The last few weeks have really seen Little Miss find her singing voice. Suddenly she’s able to sing most of the words to her favourite nursery rhymes and we often wake up in the morning to her happy little renditions. It’s amazing to think that this time last year she was only just starting to expand her repertoire of single words beyond ‘Mummy’, ‘Daddy’ and ‘hiya’ (out of interest, we’ve always counted ‘garden’ as her first proper word!). Now she’s talking in little sentences and copies almost everything we say (dangerous!).

Of course one of the downsides of her increased ability to express herself has been the increasing frequency of the word ‘no’ (more about that here) and yesterday in the car we heard ‘don’t want to’ for the first time! This was when Mummy and Daddy asked her to sing yet again – we’re a bit addicted to hearing her at the moment but clearly conditions weren’t to our little diva’s liking right then!

Anyway, while it’s fresh in my mind and before she grows up even more, I thought I’d share Little Miss’s Top 5 nursery rhymes…

The joys of toddler singing

1. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star – has to be number one and always a favourite. I started singing it to her when she was just a few weeks old and it was one of the things that first made her smile in those very early days.

2. Baa, Baa Black Sheep – sheep have always been a favourite animal but now she seems especially keen on the ‘little boy’, often missing out the master and dame. Hopefully not a sign of things to come just yet!

3. Once I Caught a Fish Alive – this is one that caught us a bit by surprise and seems to have come from nursery, where they have a special music lady visit every Monda y. When hubby first heard her say ‘eight, nine, ten’ one morning he initially thought she’d somehow learnt how to count overnight! Our child, the maths genius – not likely with my share of the genes! But, without being too smug (much!) Mummy knew better. I realised she was singing that song and sure enough when we encouraged her to sing more she knew all the words. So hopes of a numerical genius somewhat dashed but it is great that she is at least already able to say them.

4. Hot Cross Buns – a seasonal entry that combines her love of food, especially anything even closely resembling cake, and singing. She says ‘ot’ rather than ‘hot’ and tends to skip one a penny and go straight in with two and add a third – always keen to get more cake!

5. Ring a Ring o’ Roses – currently her favourite action song, replacing Row, Row, Row Your Boat. She loves doing this one, especially with her cousins.

Anyway, it’s been so lovely hearing her burgeoning musical talents! I’m going to enjoy this stage before she starts heading towards the dreaded One Direction or whoever the naff boy band of the day might be in a few years time.

What are your little ones favourite songs?

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26 thoughts on “The joys of toddler singing…

  1. Now I have Hot cross buns on my mind! Some childhood classics here, enjoy them while you can

  2. This is beautiful. I read a lovely quote really, ‘A child who sings is a happy child.’ My 4 year olds favourite song at the moment is ‘Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose!’ #PoCoLo

    • Ah, thank you, that’s lovely to hear. She always seems a happy little girl. I don’t know the Peter Rabbit song but sure I will have to learn it sooner or later!

  3. These are my sons fave songs too! He is a bot obsessed with traffic signs so we would change the lyrics a lot of times using random words as no entry, give way and roundabout. =) #pocolo

  4. Ahhh this is so lovely. I love children singing. I have tried to catch Buba a few times singing but he always stops when I go to record it. Although he begs Mommy to sing all the time and I AM A HORRIBLE SINGER. I think it’s so sweet she sang herself to sleep. Adorable. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. Introducing me to your lovely blog again. Always great to read post like this. Makes me smile! #sharewithme

  5. I teach all different nursery rhymes with being a Nursery teacher and they are normally dependent on what the children’s interests are at the time. Its so lovely to watch them learn to sing something you’ve taught them and find their own confidence in doing it themselves! 🙂 #sharewithme

  6. I used to love it when Grace would sing herself to sleep – she still does sometimes! So very cute. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

    • I have a tape recording of me singing aged about 5 that my mum saved! Even that’s quite cute (although a bit cringy!). I had quite a lisp! Must do a post on that one sometime!

  7. Beautiful and I adored listening to my kids singing along to Frozen today-one of the most magical parts of motherhood I’d say-thanks for this and linking up to #brilliantblogposts

    • Thank you, it’s definitely one of the loveliest things so far about her increasing independence. Much, much nicer than “no” and Mummy go ‘way!”

  8. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)

    Ah so cute, can’t wait for Monkey to sing, though more talking would be great too! He loves dancing to lots of these though, particularly row row the boat at the moment! lovely post 🙂 xx #magicmoments

    • Row, Row has always been a favourite for dancing here too. Just you wait, he’ll be saying “nooo, don’t want to” before you know it!

  9. It’s so cute when they’re singing. I love it.
    N also likes fish alive as he obviously sings it at nursery to help with his counting. He also enjoys singing along to a couple of AC/DC songs (long story!)

  10. AC/DC have got some classic tunes. Must be so funny hearing him sing along to those!

  11. awww i so love hearing tots sing! its such a cute sound! thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

  12. I have just written about alternative songs to sing to your baby, perhaps I should have thought ahead a bit more to the stage where she sings them back! Then again, I can’t wait to hear her interpretations! http://thebristolparent.com/2014/04/songs-to-sing-to-your-baby/

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  14. so cute!! we are now in the realm of lady gaga and one direction which means my 21 month old likes to copy her sisters rather than sing the nursery rhymes lol #archiveday x

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