Mommy and me music classes are rising in popularity around the world. Babies and toddlers too small to be dropped off for music class get an early start in exploring music and movement by attending classes with a parent. These classes are typically termed “mommy and me,” but they can be daddy and me classes, grandma and me classes, or even babysitter and me classes.
The point is that they give young babies and toddlers an early start at music exploration.
If you are attending music class with your baby, you want to get the most out of every session. Following are five ideas to help you do just that.
1. Make the music class a priority, so you are not rushing in and out.
You can get a lot of valuable bonding time with your baby through a music class, but you have to really focus on the baby to get the most out of it. Leave time in your schedule so you can get to class on time without rushing around in a state of intense stress. Turn off your cell phone. Play along and participate actively in all lessons presented in class. Make sure to make eye contact with your baby during the class.
If you are stressed out and distracted during the class, this will affect the experience the baby has in the class. They will only enjoy it if you are enjoying it along with them.
2. Encourage your baby to try new things and develop new skills.
Your baby will develop new milestones and master new skills if you really push and encourage them to try new things. If they cannot do something today, they may be able to next week. Never assume that they cannot do something. Always encourage them to try.
3. Overplay the joy and pride during your music class.
You want to convey to your baby that you are super proud of them during these classes. Something as simple as banging a drum can be reason for major applause. This is your time to give them praise and let them know you are proud of them. They will enjoy music even more because of the joy and attention it brings them. They will also get the first taste of accomplishment and it will feel good!
4. Supplement class lessons at home.
Find a way to bring music and movement into your home between classes. Take the lessons from a music class and implement in your home in some way during the next week. This will reinforce what your little one is learning in the class. Some classes may offer supplemental materials that can be taken home. Take advantage of those, they are a real gift to you and your child.
5. Open the doors of communication.
A small baby may not be able to hold a conversation with you, but a toddler certainly can. Start talking to your baby about the music lessons, no matter how old they are. Get them used to doing an activity with you, and then having a conversation to remember the best parts. Ask them questions. Tell them your answers to those questions. Just keep the lines of communication open so it feels natural to talk to you.
Do these five things and your mommy and me music classes will be more than worth the money invested!
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