A new high for baby time – 50 people! It may not sound like a lot, but I was originally get 20-25 people when I started in September, so I’m pretty chuffed. Our meeting room is quite small, so a group of about 50 is a really nice, comfortable number. For baby time in particular, a smaller group is so nice, because it really encourages interactions between parents and caregivers, and this social networking is such an important part of what a baby time is all about!
Welcome Song: Hello, Friends!
- Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose?
- Baby put your pants on
- Orca whale
- Roly poly
Book 1: Duck and Goose it’s time for Christmas / Tad Hills
- A hippopotamus got on a city bus
- I want someone to buy me a pony
- Pudding on the plate
- I wish I were a little bar of soap
Book Two: Christmas Peekaboo
- Dancing with bears
- My bonny lies over the ocean
- Up up up in the sky like this
- Zoom zoom
- The elevator song
- Yo te amo
- Rain is falling down
Goodbye song: Goodbye, Friends!
I love “yo te amo” because it introduces Spanish, but can be adapted to use pretty much any language, and we have a very diverse group at our baby times. I like to sing it in Spanish, English and French, just to illustrate how easy it is to adapt it. It’s also just such a sweet, lovely little lullaby. In the past I’ve included Croatian (thanks Aaron!) and Korean (thanks Korean dramas!), to show just how versatile it can be. Depending on the size of your group, you can go around and ask people to share how they say “I love you” in their language, and everyone can sing it together, which can make for a very warm and welcoming experience. Just lovely.