Ready for some one-on-one fun with your little one? Chanting or singing counting rhymes not only entertains and engages your baby but also helps familiarize your baby with numbers. While actual counting is a developmental milestone that’s still a few years away, you can start laying the groundwork during your baby’s infancy.
Try these four favorite counting songs
Dive into one of these ditties at any point — from high-chair time to bath time, diaper time, and stroller time — and slip some counting into your baby's daily routine. Have fun and be silly, trying on curious voices and tempos. Don’t forget to build a little joint applause into the end of each rendition. The two of you are learning to count together!
“One Potato, Two Potatoes”
One potato, two potatoes Three potatoes, four! Five potatoes, six potatoes Seven potatoes, more!
You could recite this nursery rhyme while preparing a meal for your baby. If you like, demonstrate with actual potatoes, or replace the word “potatoes” with another fruit or veggie from your kitchen. Feeling lively? Toss in a little juggling action to entertain your baby.
“One, Two, Buckle My Shoe”
One, two, buckle my shoe
Three, four, shut the door
Five, six, pick up sticks
Seven, eight, lay them straight
Nine, ten, do it again!
Your baby might enjoy this playful rhyme while you’re changing her diaper, especially when she’s just woken up.
“Five Little Monkeys”
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor, and the doctor said
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed”
This one is of course ideal for bedtime rock-alongs. Each time you start a new verse, begin with a lower number ("Four little monkeys . . . ") and hold up the corresponding number of fingers. Your baby will be fast asleep in no time.
“This Little Piggy Went to Market”
This little piggy went to the market. That’s one!
This little piggy stayed home. That’s two!
This little piggy had roast beef. That’s three!
This little piggy had none. That’s four!
This little piggy cried wee-wee-wee all the way home. That’s five!
Because it’s a bit more interactive and playful, involving lightly wiggling your baby’s toes and squeezing her fingers, this rhyme is perfect for lap time. Have fun with it as you and your baby enjoy some precious bonding.