Monika singing 'The grand old duke of York' to her 9 month old daughter Svara.

Babies love nursery rhymes. Songs with actions in them, like ‘The grand old duke of York’, are great because long before they can sing along, babies can join in by rocking their body or doing the actions with their hands.

By singing nursery rhymes over and over babies will learn to recognise the songs and will remember the actions. You will get bored of singing the same song long before your baby will tire of hearing it!

Monika does something brilliant and pauses after she has sung the rhyme once and asks Svara 'Again?'. This invites Svara to respond which she does using her voice and waving her arms in excitement. Sharing nursery rhymes in this way is a great way to encourage your baby’s early communication.

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