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Getting dressed


Getting dressed

What to do with this activity?

When dressing your baby, talk and play with them, naming each item of the clothing in turn. It's a fantastic opportunity for face to face communication. 

If you are able to speak Irish, you might like to say the little poem "Lámh, lámh eile" below. After a while your baby will be familiar with the routine of putting their arms and legs into their clothes as you say the words "lámh" and "cos". Or use the English translation that is supplied below. Point to their "head, nose, mouth, chin" and "teeth" as they are mentioned.  

Lámh, lámh eile, a haon, a dó, (Hand, other hand, one, two)
Cos, cos eile, a haon, a dó.   (Leg, other leg, one, two)
Ceann, srón, béal, smig,   (Head, nose, mouth, chin)
Agus fiacla bána i mo bhéal istigh. (And white teeth inside my mouth.)
Súil, súil eile, a haon, a dó,  (Eye, other eye, one, two,)
Cluas, cluas eile, a haon, a dó,  (Ear, other ear, one, two,)
Ceann, srón, béal, smig,  (Head, nose, mouth, chin,)
Agus fiacla bána i mo bhéal istigh. (And white teeth inside my mouth.)

You can hear the rhyme read aloud on this clip here. The quality is not great - if you know of a better online version let us know in the comment box below.


  • Why am I doing this?

    Play is one of the main ways that babies and toddlers learn about the world – it’s also one of the most effective ways they learn. When a child plays they refine learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond.

  • How can I do more?

    As a parent, you are your child’s best playmate so try to spend time every day playing together. As your baby gets older, don’t try to teach them anything during play. They will learn best if they choose what to play and you follow their lead.

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