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post #21 of 58

Audrey spends most of her time watching what her older sister is doing.  She HAS to see what she is doing all the time or she gets mad.  Watching her sis take a bath is her favorite.  Not many giggles here yet either.  She's a pretty serious kid.  She likes playing with her Sophie the giraffe and chewing on her hand. 

 

Our favorite songs are I Will, Rocky Racoon, Octopus's Garden all by the Beatles(I'm a HUGE Beatles fan), You are my Sunshine and Playmate.  We need some new material so thanks for all the ideas! 

 

We all read books together and we love anything that rhymes.  Dr. Seuss is great and love how silly the stories are.   Some of our favorites are Mr Brown can moo and Wocket in my pocket.

post #22 of 58

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Og7fNMzUpw

 

This is one of my favorite songs for the kids- all the kids love it, even the 9 year old.  Not sure how to embed...

post #23 of 58

Olivine needed a finger smilie after seeing this video.  I swear she's happy irl, she just refuses to smile for pictures!  :)
 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Og7fNMzUpw

 

This is one of my favorite songs for the kids- all the kids love it, even the 9 year old.  Not sure how to embed...




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post #24 of 58

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Olivine needed a finger smilie after seeing this video.  I swear she's happy irl, she just refuses to smile for pictures!  :)
 

 

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post #25 of 58
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Originally Posted by dashley111 View Post

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Og7fNMzUpw

 

This is one of my favorite songs for the kids- all the kids love it, even the 9 year old.  Not sure how to embed...


Love it! I'm going to get some Caspar Babypants.

We love (or loved when kiddos were younger) Dan Zanes. Also the Jerry Garcia and David Grisman album for kids. And Sweet Honey in the Rock have good kids stuff. I'm really picky about kid's music. It has to be semi-decent.

I've found myself listening to Dan Zanes' Night Owl alone... Come on- it features Aimee Mann!
post #26 of 58
Thread Starter 
I like some of They Might Be Giants kid CDs.

These songs are great.
post #27 of 58

I am so not a singer.  Thanks for sharing your song, Sara!  And OMG, that youtube video of the cuppycake song... that little girl is precious with her singing!  My dd cannot carry a tune for the life of her.

 

Mostly Avery is in a carrier during the day or nursing, but he's also 2-5 weeks younger than most of the babies in this group.  When he is awake and not nursing, I mostly make faces at him, bicycle his legs, pattycake his hands/feet, etc.  He spends some time on his tummy on the boppy and on his play mat.  My older two enjoyed being rolled back and forth in blanket, towel or on a large pillow; airplane; and rolled on the yoga ball.  Avery gets read to when I'm reading to the other kids, so it's whatever they pick, but dd does love to show him baby books that have big colorful pictures.  He seems to enjoy those.  He also loves the TV's flashing lights and will stare at it for a bit while I'm folding laundry at night. 

 

But really, he's just around the hustle and bustle of our every day lives and I don't put a whole lot of effort into entertaining him.

post #28 of 58
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Love it! I'm going to get some Caspar Babypants.
We love (or loved when kiddos were younger) Dan Zanes. Also the Jerry Garcia and David Grisman album for kids. And Sweet Honey in the Rock have good kids stuff. I'm really picky about kid's music. It has to be semi-decent.
I've found myself listening to Dan Zanes' Night Owl alone... Come on- it features Aimee Mann!


The guy who does Casper babypants is the lead singer of the Presidents of the United States of America.  We make it a point to go to shows regularly when either is playing-  but its always easiest to go to a Casper babypants show.    The CD's are so awesome, and as a parent I do not mind even a little that my kids want to listen to them often because they funny and silly, and not annoying...

post #29 of 58
Thread Starter 
Jaimee, I don't think of it as playing with him to entertain him, just like, hey there's a person here to play with. I have definitely been tossing Shay around for more than 5 weeks (I've been holding him under under his arms and chasing his brother and sister around since about 2 weeks and he's been playing hide and seek for months) but he's got a different build than Avery and he feels kind of like a puppy. I am fairly active with playing with babies, but Sara's rabbi held him around 6 weeks and the man was practically spinning him on his finger, so I figure I'm gentle enough. LOL.

DD liked the Casper baby pants video.
post #30 of 58
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Jaimee, I don't think of it as playing with him to entertain him, just like, hey there's a person here to play with. I have definitely been tossing Shay around for more than 5 weeks (I've been holding him under under his arms and chasing his brother and sister around since about 2 weeks and he's been playing hide and seek for months) but he's got a different build than Avery and he feels kind of like a puppy..

Oh yeah, I guess there is some of that going on.. Avery "chasing" the kids, peekaboo, etc.  Sure. 
 

 

post #31 of 58

Yeah, I don't really have any structured play time either, but I do interact with her all day long.  Coralie loves peek-a-boo and laughs hysterically every time I yell, BOO.  We also do a fair amount of singing, often just random made up things or I sing about what we're doing (I'm a terrible singer btw).  My older kids also engage her more now that she's older and try to make her laugh.  She is just starting to use her hand, so I'll often set her in her bouncy seat and let her grab at some dangling toys..

 

The most common songs I sing are:

 

Itsy bitsy spider

If you're happy and you know it (eat your dinner), If you're happy and you know it (brush your teeth)..  Works quite well.

abc's

twinkle twinkle

The Elmo Song (also The Bigbird Song, etc)

 

 

post #32 of 58
Thread Starter 
What's the name of the dancing kitty song? I was trying to show it to DD but I can't get the embedded videos to show up on my phone.
post #33 of 58
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What's the name of the dancing kitty song? I was trying to show it to DD but I can't get the embedded videos to show up on my phone.

Just search "I'm a kitty cat" on YouTube.
post #34 of 58

So I learned the Cuppycake song, and also the Kitty Cat song, and sing them both to the kids and they love them!  Oren doesn't laugh very often, but both these songs are sure to get one of his funny little laughs out of him. 

post #35 of 58

Sora laughs at the Cuppycake Song too. I love it!

post #36 of 58
When I first heard the Cuppycake song, I have to admit, I hated it. But once I saw the video of the little girl singing it, it grew on me. Now I sing it to Jasper. He laughs at the first line! I also tease me older girls by calling them cuppycake, pumpy-upmy-umpkin, and snoogums boogums. I keep telling dd1 (who is 9) that I'm going to come up to her school and ask for my cuppycake. Ha!
post #37 of 58
Thread Starter 

Shay doesn't laugh at songs.  He laughs at being thrown in the air and smooched on the neck.  He is starting to sit for short periods, so he has been enjoying toys more.

post #38 of 58

Thank you for starting this thread!  I reached the point of being out of ideas, and this has really helped.  We had some serious fussies here with the 4 month growth spurt and lack of mama sleep. 

 

Luca really loves bathtime, just like his dad!  He enjoys kicking the water around.  Anytime he's naked he loves to kick; I seriously think it's his favorite activity besides booby snacking.  We also read books, have tummy time (or rather roll and wriggle time), and sing.  Luca loves the Crawdad Song for some reason.  I'm trying to learn the words to the cuppycake song, as it's just ridiculously cute.  My DH wants his band to do a microtonal hardcore version of it.  :D  He is starting to be able to play with the myriad of toys on the exersaucer. 

 

We've been having weather in the 70s here, and it's been great for taking walks.  I got a stroller, as he's just so darn heavy for my back (and only like 15 pounds), and that has been great.  Yesterday we were on the front lawn on a blanket, where he got his introduction to grass and sun.  He's out there now squealing with his dad.  He's pretty pasty!  My daughter I've never had to use sunscreen on her and she's never burned.  But this boy....gotta be more careful with him.

 

carey

post #39 of 58

I forgot all about how I adapted an awful YouTube video with my baby's name, and he loves it. Do you know the Gummy Bear song?  I can't believe I'm posting this here, it really is awful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=astISOttCQ0

 

But anyway, I sing "You are my Oren-bear, my little Oren-bear. You're my chubby-wubby, squishy-wishy Oren-bear."

 

My niece watched that video over and over while they were staying here, and it got in my head, and I started singing it to the baby. And he really likes it, so we kept it up. 

 

 

 

post #40 of 58

Oh my, the gummy bear song.  Now it's in my head!   I start singing it RANDOMLY all the time.   :-)

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