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If you have a small baby you might like to watch this short video on how to use music and movement to bond with your baby.
Put on some music and dance with your baby. Encourage them to gently move in rhythm with the music.
When you are doing things around the house, put on the radio. Move and sing along with the music - your baby will enjoy watching you. Pick them up and move together if you can. You will soon know which songs are their favourites.
Talking is one of the most important skills your child will learn. It seems to happen naturally, but in fact you have a very important role to play. Your baby will learn to talk by hearing other people talk. The more you talk with your baby and respond to their noises and babbles, the more you help them learn to communicate. This will help them in every aspect of their life.
Songs and rhymes are especially good for children as the rhythms and repetitive language make it easier for babies to learn language skills. Babies love songs and rhymes, especially hearing the sound of your voice. This is a great way to help your child to talk and listen. Rhymes with actions explain what words mean - "pour me out" in "I'm a little teapot". You can also create sound effects when you are singing songs and saying rhymes. Use your hands to clap, your fingers to click and your mouth to make playful sounds and whistles.
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