Babies: Babies (Haha)

For more information on how I plan and prepare my baby storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the baby rhymes/bounces/lifts/etc., visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

For baby time, my library passes out individual copies of board books to each caregiver/child pair. I typically keep two or three to the side of me in case a baby tries to grab my copy. I read face out; caregivers read to their children.


Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz*
Grow Up by Nina Laden*
I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy**

Early Literacy Tip

Babies love to look at themselves and at other babies. If tummy time is frustrating, try to angle a mirror so your baby can lift their head to see themselves.

Flannelboard: Shape Game

I hid a baby today. It was from my family set that I used in “Knock Knock” story.

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Cheek Chin*
  • Icka Bicka Soda Cracker*
  • Milkshake**
  • Open, Shut Them*
  • Round and Round the Garden*
  • Tick Tock**
  • Wake Up Toes**

How It Went

Tuesday morning
“I Kissed the Baby” inspired great interactions between child and caregivers. Lots of tickling, kissing, hugging, etc. And the babies were absolutely spellbound during “Wake Up Toes” — that song is the biggest winner ever!

Thursday morning
When I said that we were going to do “Tick Tock”, several of the walkers/wanderers raced oved to their caregiver’s laps. That is definitely their favorite movement activity. The babies were remarkably well behaved today and we were able to do so many activities. One of the little girls walked to the middle of the rug and modeled our ending routine motions for everyone. It was very endearing.

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