Babies 0 – 18 months: Singing

Songs help children develop listening skills and pay attention to the rhythms and rhymes of spoken language. Singing slows down language so children can hear different parts of words and notice how they are alike and different. Clapping along to rhythms help children hear the syllables in words, and it improves motor skills.


  • Sing.
    • Sing to your baby every day.
  • Make up songs.
    • Throughout the day, make up songs about every day things.
  • Play music.
    • Instead of having televsion on or as background noise, put music (or a music channel) on.