If I were to ask you to think of sounds that make a baby happy, what would pop into your head?
There are some obvious sounds that we probably all think of, but I bet you also have sounds that are specific to your own baby.
As part of their #SoundofHappy campaign, C&G Baby Club have asked me to reminisce about the sounds that made my own babies happy. I’ve had a really lovely time reliving some special memories from when my kids were babies – in fact I got completely carried away down memory lane! Here are my sounds of happy, see if you share any of them.
I suspect most parents will have a pretty big repertoire of silly sounds that they make to get a giggle; you know, those embarrassing noises that you wouldn’t dream of making in any other situation. When JD was a baby he absolutely loved the sound of me blowing raspberries at him; if I blew them on his tummy then the belly laughs got even bigger. Let’s face it, even the grown-ups snigger at the sound of a raspberry, but I think the sound itself combined with me pulling a funny face is what sealed the deal for him.
The sound of mashed banana
When I was weaning Miss J, her favourite breakfast was banana mashed up in baby porridge, and she quickly became an expert at identifying the particular noise of me squishing the banana with a fork in her bowl. As soon as she heard it, she would start to do a little dance in her highchair and make super-excited noises. When I brought her bowl over to her, I would be rewarded with a huge grin before she tucked in. Such a lovely way to start the day.
A favourite action song
I’m thinking back to when my babies were a bit older and more mobile with this one. Miss J’s particular favourite was ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees & Toes’ because she could manage her version of the simple actions from being really small. As soon as I started to sing it she would eagerly launch into the actions, beaming away the whole time. We still do it now, actually!
A toy hitting the floor
Oh yes, this one happened a lot. That stage where your baby learns to drop things from their high chair was the catalyst for so many smiles in our house. JD would drop his rattle, explode into cheeky giggles, then give me a look which meant ‘now it’s your turn to pick it up, so we can do this all over again’. He knew exactly what he was doing; creating a game for us both that resulted in shared laughter. And of course it worked, because it was such a fun game to play with him, and completely brilliant to see the joy he got from calling the shots.
Daddy’s voice on the phone
If either of us are away with work we always speak to the kids on the phone, and we’ve done this since they were tiny babies. No matter what they were up to – eating, playing, absorbed in their favourite TV show – the sound of Mark’s voice on the speaker always stopped them in their tracks and sparked off a slow, wide grin as they realised it was Daddy calling. The combination of my husband’s voice and their reaction was just priceless, and even now they’re big kids, exactly the same thing still happens.
It’s been so much fun reminiscing about the sounds that made my babies happy; do you have any of mine on your list? You’ve no doubt got some special sounds of your own too, so why not join in with the C&G Baby Club #SoundofHappy campaign.
Leave a comment below telling me all about the sounds that make your baby happy, or share your story on social media using the #SoundofHappy hashtag. And remember to look out for other people’s stories via the hashtag for lots of feelgood factor. I’m really looking forward to hearing about all those special moments!
This is a commissioned post for C&G Baby Club. Image © Li Yong.