Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Special Time with Babies and Toddlers

By: Christine Cox (aka Choosy Mom)

I remember when my now 2 year old was born and I couldn’t remember any lullabies for the life of me. This 100% explains why she gets excited when she hears The Star Spangled Banner because it was the only song my brain could process (new moms will TOTALLY understand this brain malfunction dilemma).

My point is that those early months with your newborn are a special time and music really creates a bonding relationship. To this day, if I try to sing her a song that is a lullaby (AKA – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star or Rock-A-Bye-Baby), I get the “mommy…shhhhh!” I don’t think it is because I am a bad singer, but I think it is because she wasn’t in tune to that music from the start. I really wish I would’ve had Choosy Kids newest CD to help me introduce her to songs that are meant for her age.
Our Special Time is a CD developed especially for newborns, infants and toddlers and their play partners (that’s YOU!) It has a mix of music that everyone can enjoy – even me! I played it for my 2 year old the other day and she really did enjoy it. She started to repeat the words from Baby Baby Bounce With Me after listening to it one time! The focus is on routines of your day and active learning for early brain development and body awareness. Who doesn’t love a song that helps parents move their little ones and gets older kids get up and moving!?

Now, if I sing a song from Choosy’s Our Special Time CD, I don’t get the typical “mommy…shhhhh!” She now sings with me, starts to do the movements (that her and I made up together) and enjoys “our time together” listening to music that we both love!

What artist or kind of music have been a hit with your children? Did you have the brain malfunction like I did when it came to singing songs to your new baby? What about your toddlers? Do they like a certain kind of music? Share with me!!!

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About the Author: Christine Cox is the blog master for Choosy Kids. She has always had a passion for writing and is honored to contribute her work to this blog. Most of her writing inspiration comes from her daughter, Capri, who is fun-loving and full of energy. Click here to learn more about Christine.

34 comments :

  1. Thanks for sharing... I ended up making up words to really random melodies all of the time too :)

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    1. Oh I would totally hum random tunes but no joke words to real songs just would not come to my brain!!!!

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  2. I'm going to have to check it out for our next baby. haha I would take turns singing different kinds of songs- patriotic songs, Disney songs, popular songs, religious songs, etc. I had to sing A LOT of songs with my son since he would take forever to go to sleep!

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    1. I'm really glad I wasn't the only one singing patriotic tunes!!

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  3. Thanks for sharing these, Christine! I'm constantly singing two songs to my kids over and over again because I can't remember anything now! I totally understand the new mom brain malfunction :-)

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    1. I am so glad I wasn't the only one!! Thanks for checking out the songs! Be sure to get in on our Twitter contest for your chance to win some awesome Choosy stuff!

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  4. This is so cool! I sing to my kids all the time!

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    1. That is awesome that you sing to them!! Keep it up :)

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  5. My grandsons love music. My son is a musician, when he plays his guitar the kids are sitting there looking and soaking it all in.

    I've been singing to them since they were days old. Great post.

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    1. How wonderful that they love the guitar! I am sure it is just a relaxing time for all unless they are rocking out!!

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  6. I end up singing a lot of old church hymns for some reason, I'm a pastor's daughter so it's embedded in my brain. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Isn't it amazing what comes to the top of mind when we struggle for something?! Those songs obviously meant something! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. we are always singing here. we make up songs to go with whatever we're doing.

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    1. That's fun!! I catch my daughter just humming or whistling around the house now when she's happy :) it's enjoyable.

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  8. Oh my gosh, the “mommy…shhhhh!” is hilarious. You never know what kids will say nowadays. Anyways glad you found a new way to bond together. Heck, you could be raising a famous singer! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hahahaha oh my, a famous singer who proclaimed when she tooted this morning that it was just the drums in her pants!!!!!!

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  9. I struggled with remembering words to nursery rhymes too! I made up the last half of the "Daddy's gonna buy you a mockingbird" song. Now I sing them children's church songs. I know those better. (=

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    1. Good job mama! Keep up the singing because a tune always brightens my day so why not the day of a little one? :)

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  10. My daughter loves music!!! Kids can learn so much from one little song :)

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    1. It's so true! I mean, as crazy as Mickey Mouse Clubhouse make me, she knows the colors of the rainbow because of his song!!

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  11. I didn't sing lullabies, after listening to the words we realized if those things happened it would be child abuse (ex: rockabye baby). We sung calypso songs or made up our own, lol

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    1. I know, I know! Those songs really are terrible but they are classics and it isn't until children are older that they realize the meaning and can think back to the good times spent with whoever singing them.

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  12. That is so adorable, nothing is more fun then listening to music and dancing; what a beautiful thing to to with the kids!

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    1. Thank you! We like to make it a fun but enjoyable work out for mommy too :)

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  13. I do agree, Music creates a special bonding relationship during those early stages of a new born baby. Choosy Kids seems to have come up with different CD's that could be helpful for moms to try out something different & new. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome! It is a cd that all can enjoy :)

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  14. That CD sounds really great. We took our babies to music class before they could sit up on their own in Bumbo seats. Since we have four the same age, they needed seats to help them sit up and join in. It is so fun to see babies and toddlers appreciate music.

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    1. I bet music is a huge part of your babies lives! 4! What a bundle of joy that must have been!!

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  15. This sounds like a great CD. My little M loves music and singing and dancing along with mommie. It's our special moment.

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    1. Yup!!! And they will always remember singing and dancing with you! I know I do!!

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  16. How sweet! I love activities like this for my baby!

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    1. :) it is awesome. Check out the website for more song previews!

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  17. This seems great for little ones... I will be sure to tell my brothers about this. Thx for the info!

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