Dancing together with your toddler is good for both of you

At 15 months or even much earlier you’ll notice your child bobbing up and down, clapping and swaying whenever he/she hears music. Dancing is a great milestone in your child’s development and you should videotape it to show your child when he/she grows a little older. Watching your child dance is a great joy. Dancing together with him/her is even more. It will help you relax and the best thing is, your child does not know or care, even if you are a terrible dancer. What matters most is the two of you having fun dancing together!

Dance helps your child build key skills

Research shows that 75% of brain development occurs after birth. This makes the ability of your child to move freely and learn through his/her own exploration and imagination very important. Play and movement, including dancing, help to develop connections between the nerve cells and the brain.

As these connections develop, your child’s fine and gross motor skills, concentration, language and social skills will also improve greatly. Dancing, moving and grooving also improve your child’s coordination, balance, flexibility and strength. Dancing will help your toddler follow simple instructions, identify his/her right and left sides and interact with other children. Being physical in a creative way will also boost your child’s self-esteem and confidence and encourage greater creative expression. Dancing together is a fun and relaxing experience that will enhance the bond and attachment you and your baby share together.

Ideas to explore with your toddler

Dance together

Your child is naturally attuned to sound and rhythm. After all he/she has been listening to the beat of your heart even whilst in your womb. So start dancing together as it is the best form of encouragement.

Keep it simple

You don’t have to make it into some kind of serious and complex dance routine. Let it flow, free and easy, just turn, twist and move to the beat. Remember, you are not preparing your child for a dance competition.

Expose to different rhythms

Make sure you play different types of music as your child will be aware and can adjust his/her movements to different rhythms. You can see your child swaying gently to slow classical music and rocking to music that has a more energetic beat.

Sing or recite rhymes as you dance along

Some popular songs or rhymes that your toddler might love to dance could be ‘London Bridge’, ‘Here we go round the mulberry bush’, ‘Jack and Jill’ and ‘Skip to my Lou’. You can also play songs from Malay, Chinese, Indian and other cultures.

Keep cheering on

Encourage your toddler when he/she dances. Be involved and explore ways of carrying, swaying, swinging, turning and twisting together as you dance with your child. There is nothing more relaxing and joyful than watching your child dance. So don’t hold back, shed all your inhibitions, get on the floor and have fun. Your child will love it most when you dance together.

End your dance sessions with a good baby massage

Baby massage is one of the best ways to express your love and strengthen the bond between you and your child. Massage stimulates the production of the feel-good hormone oxytocin that relaxes and makes both you and your toddler feel good. Massage has a soothing effect that calms your child and helps him/her relax after a dancing session. These moments also bring you closer to your child.

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Use a diaper that allows your child the flexibility to dance

When your child is all too eager to explore the dance movements, he/she should be free to do it. If your child uses a diaper that is not flexible enough, his/her movements will be restricted and he/she will feel very uncomfortable to move freely. Drypers Drypantz is designed to follow your baby’s every movement and does not cause any discomfort or tightness. You can slip it on and off easily like underpants without disturbing your child’s dancing too much.

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