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Almost Wordless Wednesday: Your Toddler & Music



It's time for another Almost Wordless Wednesday. Yeah I can't do totally wordless. I've tried and it never works out. I just have to say something just like this opening paragraph. See it totally defeats the purpose of having a Wordless Wednesday. Maybe next week. Who knows?


Most toddler love music. I know I do and I can't get enough of it. Shakespeare said "If music be the food of love, play on". So how can you introduce music to your little one and what are the benefits?


Introducing your toddler to music is a lot easier than you think. Just turn your radio on and let your toddler listen to whatever he/she likes to listen to. Playing all kinds of music is very important for our mind development. Although you may want to buy those expensive toddler music CD's for your toddler there really is no need to. Your toddler might even surprise you and be interested in those classical music that you like to hate. Smart baby! Play your music throughout the day and on those car rides. Sing along with your toddler as well. Silly songs and nursery rhymes are a great introduction to music.

What about musical instruments? You don't have to run outside and buy those expensive musical instruments like a piano and drum set either. No you have the instruments right there in your kitchen. Pots and pans and wooden spoons can become your baby's first musical instrument. If you do decide to buy a musical toy then a toy piano, toy drum or xylophone is perfect. Noisy but perfect.

Enroll your toddler into a musical class that is specific for her age group such as a Gymboree Play and Music class. Classes are generally small and last long enough to keep your toddlers attention. Its also a great way for your toddler to socialize with other toddlers close to his/her age.


So what are the benefits? Believe it or not music helps with our language development. Not only does it help with our vocabulary and memory retention but it also helps with our listening skills as well. We're like little sponges and we soak up everything that we hear. It's one of the reason that we can memorize certain songs like the ABC song and Head and Shoulders. What a great way to learn as well. 

Learning fun songs can help with certain rituals as well. Mommy and I sing the Clean Up song and I know that it's time to pick up my toys and I also sing along with mommy the Brush your Teeth song whenever it's time to brush my teeth. 

Music encourages our creativity and creativity is good! 

Music is the all powerful brain booster. Studies have shown that babies and toddlers exposed to music perform better academically. I'm not ready for school yet but isn't it great to know that when it's time for your toddler to start school they'll have an advantage. 

So what are you waiting for? Introduce your toddler to some music today. Dance or waltz away to that classical song. No matter what you listen to enjoy it! 

So what kind of music do you enjoy listening to with your toddler?

Christmas 2012

Annmarie John
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  1. not even close to wordless! loved it!

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    1. Thank you Brandy. We can never go truly Wordless. :) ♥ Madison

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  2. That is so awesome Madison! Erika adores music too, and since I am a classically trained pianist I play nursery rhymes for her on our piano so she enjoys and then goes to bed. Your little one seems so focused on music and I love her playing the piano! We're thinking of sending Erika to Gymboree sessions soon.

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    1. That's amazing! A classically trained pianist? I love playing my piano but its more noise than music now. Gymboree sessions are great. Erika would love them. :) ♥ Madison

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  3. I agree completely! To this day, my boys (ages 6 &9) LOVE music and I think a big part of it is that I introduced it early. I used to take them both to mommy & me music classes when they were younger, too.

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    1. Those classes do help out a lot. It is great to introduce it at an early age. :) ♥ Madison

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  4. You have got to get a Charlie Hope CD. She has the best (cheerful, fun, NOT annoying) children's music.

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    1. Have never heard of Charlie Hope. I'm going to have to tell mommy about it. Thanks for sharing. :) ♥ Madison

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  5. Great pics! I sit on the board for a fine arts academy, and the toddler music classes are my favorite to review!

    Kristen from The Road to Domestication
    www.theroadtodomestication.com

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    1. That is awesome. Toddle music classes sure are fun too. :) ♥ Madison

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  6. Love all those pictures. She is a cutie. It's so important to let children explore music and how to make music. Love that you recognize that!

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    1. Thank you Courtney. Mommy does let me explore quite a lot! :) ♥ Madison

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  7. My little guys is starting kindergarten and right now they have a facebook page set up with a bunch of classroom rules songs. So as of lately we have been listening to those a lot :)

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    1. That's cool. Songs do help out, especially the fun ones. :) ♥ Madison

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  8. I cant do wordless Wednesday either..>I want to add some words ;) Great pictures, my kids love to listen to music Cd, My son with Autism uses music to relax./destress himself. Great post!

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    1. I admit that we can't do wordless either although we do try. My brother is autistic as well and music does the same to him as well. Thanks for stopping by. :) ♥ Madison

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  9. We actually encourage the kids in our local church to study music. This also helps them to be more confident and sociable :) Cute Maddie playing the piano :)

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    1. It does help with confidence and I'm happy that your church encourages it. :) ♥ Madison

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  10. Des loves music! His eyes get all starry and happy. I just like to play my music with him - whatever it is on any given day. We've taken him to classical shows (he fell asleep) but he does seem to like Scarlet's Disney princess music. Hey, whatever works.

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    1. Awww my Desi loves music like I do. Yay! Classical shows would make me fall asleep too. :) ♥ Madison

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  11. Both Emma and Mason LOVE Music as well!

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    1. That's great that they love music, nothing quite like it. :) ♥ Madison

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  12. I am all for music as well! Loved the pictures! Yes a little wordy for Wordless Wednesday :) But I don't think you could do it without words.

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    1. I could never do a totally Wordless Wednesday although it would be fun trying. Maybe I'll do one next week. :) ♥ Madison

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  13. My two always loved "Happy and you know it". Over and over and over. The funny thing is, they still remember the little dance they used to do.

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    1. Yes it does help with your memory. My favorite is Head and Shoulders and it teaches my body parts. I also love This Little Piggy. :) ♥ Madison

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  14. My kiddos love music! By the way, thanks for linking up with the "Hi-5" blog hop! You're a doll :)

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    1. Thank you Christy. It was our pleasure. :) ♥ Madison

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  15. Music and singing are part of our everyday life, I think it has made my son a better singer! Too bad he's too shy to do that in front of anyone but his parents!

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    1. Maybe when he's older he will outgrow his shyness and surprise you. :) ♥ Madison

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  16. music is so much fun, love it. Your "wordless Wednesday posts" crack me up lol

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    1. I love it as well and it's why my post is Almost Wordless because it never can truly be wordless. :) ♥ Madison

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  17. I'm glad you at least say it's *almost* wordless wednesday. It makes me laugh/cringe when I see people say it's wordless Wednesday and then they have a novella of a post. I like your almost ones, they're fun! My kiddos love music, especially my toddler. I think our Madisons are about the same age. She dances every time she hears anything that sounds like music. She sings all the time. She's got her own song she's made up and sings all the time when she's playing. It's so easy and fun to incorporate music into your home every day. If we put on music at chore time the whole family is energized and it doesn't feel like such drudgery.

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    1. oh yeah, I can so never go Wordless. I'm 18 months old and I love to dance along to music but I never really sing. I just love bouncing along to the beat. :) ♥ Madison

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  18. Music was always a big thing with me and my babies. I used to sing to them while I was pregnant and continued afterward. We always listened to music at home and in the car...we also did a lot of dancing around together. They had instruments to play with the whole nine yards. Music is fabulous for development. Have fun, Madison! :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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    1. Hi Lorelai I have to agree that music is fab for development. So happy you did it with your little ones as well. :) ♥ Madison

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  19. Both of my kids love music :) My oldest makes up songs and sings them all over the house!

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    1. How fun. I haven't made up any songs as yet since I still can't talk but I can't wait to make up my own songs and sing them as well. :) ♥ Madison

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  20. Both of my kids just love music. My 3 year old makes up her own lyrics and my 18 month old makes up choreographed dances. They are hilarious. Your daughter is adorable.

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    1. Thank you Laura. I make up my own dance moves too. Your daughter and I are the same age. You would laugh if you saw me dancing. :) ♥ Madison

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  21. I love that little piano. My kids love music. We have dance parties

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    1. That piano picture was taken at Christmas, it's why I'm still in my Santa outfit. :) ♥ Madison

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  22. I love that piano! Music of all kinds is so important! And the Clean Up Song does some amazing things! :)

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    1. It's my favorite musical instrument and mommy always sings that clean up song whenever I'm done playing with my toys. :) ♥ Madison

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  23. Kids do love music. Sometimes when we are all grouchy, I put in happy music, and the mood will just change without the kids even realizing what just happened!

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    1. Music does do some amazing things to you. :) ♥ Madison

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  24. Love that piano and her red velvet dress! Glad to see she has taken such a keen interest in music.

    Happy Wednesday!

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    1. Thank you. It's my Santa dress at Christmas. That's actually a throwback photo. :) ♥ Madison

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  25. Amazing! As a musician, I know the benefits of music in developing minds. You are doing your daughter a HUGE service by introducing her to music early. Rhythm introduced now will help her with math later, btw.

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    1. That is so good to know. Most kids hate math so maybe I'll be great at it when I'm older. :) ♥ Madison

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  26. I enjoy when kids get their groove on, its also hilarious when they dance. I babysat for a friend and we did the new version of the Harlem Shake and that kid went CRAZY. It was so fun, even though I sweated like a pig trying to keep up with a 5 year old. LOL!

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    1. Yeah mommy thinks I'm funny when I dance too. I've never tried the Harlem Shake maybe I can get mommy to do it with me. :) ♥ Madison

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  27. Before becoming a mom, I sang along to the radio, now I sing along with toys! Everything is now turned into songs (getting up in the morning, eating lunch, going to the bathroom...) I never thought I'd end up one of "THOSE" people but I'm happy to be part of that group now =) You all look like you're having fun, now I want to go make some music =D

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    1. I do have fun when the music comes on. I'm happy you're one those people now. :) ♥ Madison

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  28. My youngest loves to sing and listen to music. He's always singing. He even makes up his own songs!

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    1. I can't wait to start making up my own songs too. :) ♥ Madison

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  29. Our Grandson loves music and always makes up his own words to what ever tune he thinks of at that time.
    That little dress Madison has on is adoreable.

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    1. I can't wait for the days when I get to make up my own words to music and thank you for the compliment. ♥ Madison

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  30. This is far from worldess but I don't mind, you bring up some great points!

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    1. Oh we can never do a totally wordless post but it will be fun trying. ♥ Madison

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  31. JR definitely loves music. He especially loves it when Mommy and Daddy get involved and sing along. My favorite thing (well one of them) is to watch and listen to him and Daddy try to hit notes and sing songs like they are great singers or something lol. Thanks for sharing this on Countdown in Style! Don't forget to stop by Friday to see if you are featured! xo

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  32. My daughter loves music, playing the keyboard, singing and dancing. She's not yet two! She'll sing the heck out of a song even though she can barely annunciate most of the words. Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style! Don't forget to come back on Friday to see if you were featured!

    ~~April~~
    100lbCountdown.com

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