Help your baby to learn

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Making music together is a cheap and easy activity that can provide a wonderful bonding experience for you to share. Encourage your baby to clap along and move to the beat as you sing together.

For younger babies, pick songs and rhymes with a simple, steady beat and lots of repetitive language, and for older ones try more energetic songs with more varied beats, tone and rhythms.

Watch your baby as you sing. What are they doing? Try to let them take the lead, if they clap, you clap. If they roll over, you roll over.

Mirroring your baby like this will increase their self-esteem and self-confidence and encourage more of the same.

The BBC Ceebies site offers free resources and suggestions for ways of making music with your baby

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