Music for toddlers

I’ve noticed a lot recently that in most of my instagram pictures of Jasper, the one’s where we’re sat eating or him playing in the living room, we always have the TV on. This is mainly because it keeps him at the table and stops him from trying to get down during meal times and also for a little background noise while we’re playing cars or trains on the floor. This is all well and good but I’ve found Jaspers become a bit dependent on it. Well, maybe it’s me that has. If he’s playing he’ll never ask for TV, it’s more me that puts it on so that between activities Jasper can get distracted by it and I can relax a little. It’s only when he’s eating that he asks for it; the first words he says when he sits down at the table are ‘Peppa pig on tv’ and I know I could say no and think of other ways to entertain him, like engaging in his food, but sometimes it’s easier just to say okay and then feed him like a baby while he stares in a possessed like manner at that bossy little pig and her whinge bag brother!

I’m not anti-TV; I believe it’s really good for little ones to have a bit of down time to watch their programs. Of course I’d prefer something educational over Peppa; but I’d never put Jasper on a TV ban or anything. I’d just like to limit it a bit more and introduce something else. We’re big fans of music in this house; I can’t have a car journey, cook or sit down to work without a little background music and Jasper really loves it too. He loves to have little dance sessions around the house and sings lots of songs at his toddler groups so I’ve been trying to incorporate that more into our daily lives.

Listening to music not only allows him to focus visually on what he’s doing, e.g. eating or playing, making it a lesser distraction; but it’s also fab for developing their language, rhythm and memory skills. So much of Jaspers vocabulary has come from nursery rhymes and then putting new vocabulary to those well learnt tunes. I’m also trying to introduce it into our bedtime routine. Since Jasper has been in a big boy bed he’s not been great at going to sleep and really relies on having a bottle to get him off. We kind of rush from dinner to tooth brushing, pj’s and a quick book in bed before I pass out with tiredness and I don’t think he’s calming down enough to drift off by himself. I think playing gentle lullabies in the background with the blinds drawn and maybe a few spritzes of lavender scent around the room will hopefully lull him into a nice sleep, even if I need to leave the music running till the end of the CD.

I thought I’d share some of the soundtracks we’ve been loving lately, whether it be at bedtime, during playtime or for a full on home disco. None of which may I add, have driven me crazy yet! Here’s mine and Jaspers top music for toddlers:

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Rastamouse Best Friends. Ever since my brothers wedding in Barbados I’ve been a huge fan of reggae and the music on this soundtrack is actually really easy listening for adults as well as kiddies! There are good morals to the tracks (Jasper’s too young to understand them just yet) but he loves bopping his head to the music which is great for a bit of background music during playtime or even a quick dancing sesh to wear him out for nap time!

 

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Clangers Themes and Lullabies. This soundtrack is fab for calming down at nap and bedtime. There are a few upbeat tunes but on the whole it’s soothing harp and flute music which is just so relaxing (it sends me off before I’ve even left Jaspers room!). The tracks are all very short, some only a few seconds long, so it’s easy to get through the whole album while getting ready for bed and then not too long to leave on while little one settles down to sleep. I know I’ll use this one for baby boy when he gets here too as it’s seriously soothing!

 

As a hardcore Disney fan, I knew before I even fell pregnant with Jasper that my future children would watch and listen to Disney. I'm not a fan of the new stuff, except maybe Frozen, so I love that this includes the old classics like The Little Mermaid, Jungle Book and Lion King! Jasper loves to sing along and it's a firm favourite on our car journeys.

Ultimate Disney. As a hardcore Disney fan, I knew before I even fell pregnant with Jasper that my future children would watch and listen to Disney. I’m not a fan of the new stuff, except maybe Frozen, so I love that this includes the old classics like The Little Mermaid, Jungle Book and Lion King! Jasper loves to sing along and it’s a firm favourite on our car journeys.

 

As a mothers whose toddler hit the terrible twos at around 18 months this CD has been wonderful! Centred around everyday tasks that often cause mini meltdowns this CD is full of songs about brushing your teeth, getting dressed, using the potty etc and is fab for those frustrating parenting moments where you just want to scream into a pillow!

Tunes 4 Toddler Tantrums  As a mothers whose toddler hit the terrible twos at around 18 months this CD has been wonderful! Centred around everyday tasks that often cause mini meltdowns this CD is full of songs about brushing your teeth, getting dressed, using the potty etc and is fab for those frustrating parenting moments where you just want to scream into a pillow!

 

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100 Nursery Rhymes – Of course we have a classic nursery rhyme CD. This particular one has 100 songs on it so it’s perfect for a little background music while playing or even to sit down and practise the actions and see how much Jasper knows. This one is fab as you know that at nursery/playschool your little one is being taught the same so it’s fab for consistency; the others are just new and exciting ones for at home.

 

 

Does your little one listen to music? I’d love some recommendations on soundtracks as Jasper is slowly learning the words and tunes to most of these and I’d love to expand his mini library!

Thanks for reading,

Jess x

2 Comments

  • Alice
    9th July 2016 at 8:37 pm Reply

    I think music is fab for little ones and like you said an alternative to the tv and just fun to have on. Amelia loves dancing about and I’m also majorly dependent on music in the car and the kitchen! Definitely going to check out the clangers and Rastamouse music you mentioned xx

    • Jessica
      11th July 2016 at 8:26 pm Reply

      Definitely! and good exercise for us mumas if they get us up dancing haha!

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