The only person in the world that likes my singing is my 7 month old baby. For some reason, it seems to calm her down. Actually, when I do start singing to her, big smiles take over her face and she gets really excited.
Last night, she and I were meeting my husband for dinner somewhere and she started crying in the car seat in the back. Obviously, there was no way I could go back there and comfort her. So I started singing. It worked. It calmed her down for most of the ride.
It's true when they say that your child can recognize your voice from the womb. My baby seemed to recognize both my voice and my husband's voice from very early on. It's so amazing actually. This child that you had inside you for 9 months instinctively knows who you are once he or she is born. I remember in the first month how much she used to calm down at the sound of my husband's voice.
The problem I'm having now is that I just don't know that many nursery rhymes. I sing all of the ones I know really quickly (think at least a 30 minute car ride). And all of the nursery rhymes I do know are all in English. My husband and I are Indian. We want her to learn the nursery rhymes that are being taught in India as well.
Recently, I came across Ghotu Motu Ki Toli. This company makes Hindi nursery rhymes that are available on its Youtube channel and as a free downloadable app. Ghotu Motu Ki Toli has bright, colorful scenery and fun, interactive characters that teach you wonderful Hindi nursery rhymes. It gives my 7 month old the opportunity to grow up learning these classic songs that also expose her to numbers, life lessons, and culture.
It will definitely expand my nursery rhyme database as well. Maybe now I can get through an hour long car ride with a smiling baby all the way through. I can't wait for the day that she can start singing all of these songs with me.