You might not be the best singer in the world, but your toddler doesn’t care. Without the inhibitions that appear as children get older, toddlers love to sing, dance and simply just listen to music. Music has many benefits for young children, including cognitive development, reasoning and self expression. Don’t just turn on the latest rap album, though, because the kind of music you choose has an impact on its benefit.
Classical music has its place, in fact you probably played it religiously to her in utero, but it isn’t always the best choice for a toddler’s sense of rhythm. Choose music with a bouncy and catchy tune, which is more fun for her little ears to listen to — and it’s more likely to get her moving. Education.com suggests choices with a medium beat. Music geared toward toddlers might be annoying to you, but this type of music the best choice for finding toddler-friendly rhythms.
Your toddler might not understand the words in your favorite song and they might be riddled with words you don’t want your child hearing or, worse yet, repeating. Your best bet is to choose music with words that your toddler likes. If she loves princesses and fairy tales, look for music about castles and magic wands. If dinosaurs have a large place in your child’s life, songs about prehistoric life are ones to choose. Funny words are also engaging for little kids. You might find the music eye-rolling, but your toddler will dance and laugh along over and over.
Do you find yourself jamming out to toddler tunes even when you are alone? That’s because much of it is repetitive, which sucks your toddler, and you, in. What’s better than being able to sing her favorite song whenever she wants to. For the same reason, you might find yourself humming the latest Disney song on your drive to work. Look for music that repeats the same words and phrases to make it easier for your toddler to sing along.
Toddlers are notorious for having trouble sitting still. You know how your toddler seems to bounce off the furniture and never slows down. This makes songs that incorporate movements and actions ideal choices for young children. The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes and If You’re Happy and You Know It are great choices. The words are easy to understand and the actions are at a slow enough pace that your toddler can keep up with them.