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The joys of toddler singing… part two

Toddler singing part twoOver the last week Little Mister has started to find his singing voice! Ok, so it’s not really proper singing yet, more repeating certain lines, but he is attempting to follow a tune. And it is so cute.

His current repertoire is very heavily influenced by his older sister – Let it Go from Frozen being his favourite. He gave us a few rounds of that one in the early hours of the morning on Saturday night but it was so sweet we instantly forgave him for keeping us awake. He’s also tried to copy Little Miss singing along to Angelina Ballerina.

Little Miss has always been a little singer and as a baby loved being sung to from just a few weeks old – amazingly even by us! She was singing the Angelina Ballerina theme tune at the top of her voice as she pedalled along happily on her little bike on Sunday afternoon. I loved the way she was so content in herself, so unselfconscious, in her element, in her own little world.

I’ve been told that singing is a sign of a happy child. I really hope so. I hope they’ll always sing and always feel secure in themselves to do so.

Hearing Little Mister  trying to sing in his cot reminded me of a post I wrote about his sister almost two (gulp, two?) years ago. She’d started to her sing herself to sleep with Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Hence I called this post ‘part 2’ as we’re getting to enjoy those magical moments all over again.

Little Mister seems to be just as keen on music as his sister’s always been. For a long time now he’s responded to hearing music by starting to sway or do a little dance. He definitely responds to rhythm, perhaps even more than she did. Nursery often tell us how much he loves the singing they do there too.

So I’m loving sharing music with them both at the moment. We got into the party spirit on Spotify over the weekend, meaning both children now know how to do a Conga! An essential life skill, I say, and a standard at every family wedding we went to back in the 1980s. You’ve got to love a bit of Black Lace. Who remembers them? Superman also went down well. I’ve yet to even break out Agadoo.

Anyway – I’m getting sidetracked by the nostalgic cheese – the new-found singing ability is obviously all part of Little Mister developing his language skills. At nursery they say he holds little conversations between the toy animals when he’s playing with them.

He copies so much of what he hears now. My current favourite is “leave it!” which makes me laugh even when it probably shouldn’t. It’s usually said during nappy changes.

And on that note, it’s getting late so I’m going to take my own advice and call it a night!

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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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