Changing your baby's nappy may only take a couple of minutes, but given that each of your children may go through upwards of 4,000 nappies, that's somewhere in the region of a whole week, non-stop, changing nappies...for each child! If you're going to spend so long at the task, you may as well try and make it a slightly more enjoyable experience!
For toddlers, use the time to play colour games, recite the alphabet or practice counting. Sing lullabies and nursery rhymes, and just talk with younger babies. The more spoken or sung language that children are exposed to, the more quickly they will become familiar with it and the quicker they will learn both to understand language and later, to speak it.
You can also give babies sensory objects to handle during a nappy change. Sensory toys are designed to stimulate baby's, giving them interesting textures and feels. Sensory toys will give your baby something engaging to play with while you do the dirty work, changing their nappy!
Nursery rhymes have been chanted by young children for generations. The origins of many rhymes are disputed, and a considerable body of research exists into their history. The earliest nursery rhymes still known today date back to the 18th century and most are believed to mock political, royal and religious events. Whilst once they might have represented the height of political satire, for the last few generations, they have simply been rhymes recited in childhood to aid the development of language. Children love to learn and sing short rhymes and in this respect, nursery rhymes work wonderfully well!
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