Dancing with your baby is fantastic for so many areas of his brain and body development and provides some lovely parent/baby bonding opportunities.

Dancing is terrific to include in your baby’s day right from the earliest weeks after birth! Remember, your baby was rocked and swayed inside mum for nine months and the gentle movement of dancing is a repeat of this soothing stimulation.

Take a look at just some of the many benefits there are to dancing with your precious bundle:

  • Dancing with your baby helps in the development of balance, space and body awareness, vision, hearing and touch as he is moved through different positions.
  • Dance helps to develop a baby’s sense of space, form, time, flow and rhythm. Your baby will love the soothing, rhythmic movement of dance.
  • Dancing stimulates the nerve endings in your baby’s inner ear, which send messages to the brain to further help the development of body and space awareness, balance and muscle tone.
  • Dance allows for imitation, repetition, coordination and exploration of movement to the rhythm, mood and feeling of music.
  • Dance and songs provide opportunities for rhythm, memory training and co-ordination, even at this early stage!
  • Dancing provides many loving and fun bonding opportunities. Look directly into his eyes as you talk, dance and sing.

Tips for dancing with your baby:

  • Remember to bend your knees to protect your back when lifting your baby!
  • Any spinning should be very slow. Spin to the right and then spin to the left as the fluid in the inner ears needs to reach equilibrium again.
  • Hold your baby gently and securely against your body. If your baby does not yet have adequate neck muscles to lift his own head, support his head in all dances.
  • Pat your baby to the beat of the song and/or walk around keeping the beat – this helps develop a good sense of rhythm.
  • You can dance to whatever music you prefer! Just remember to mix it up – sometimes slow and quiet, other times rock and roll or jazz! Choose the music that suits your baby’s mood. If you want your baby to settle down, then try a lullaby or a waltz!
  • If you have had a cesarean, check with your doctor first before doing any lifting and moving with your baby.

Join in here!

Here is a lovely dance to do with your baby. You will find many more dances, activities and information through out GymbaROO’s free online BabyROO series here.

Let us know how you went, did you and your baby enjoy dancing together? Please share in the comments below.

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  • I probably did this with my kids but if I did I really dont remember. It was just something that you do.


  • We certainly like to move it, move it lol (-:


  • the benefits is great for dancing with child


  • And at 3 yo my daughter still loves dancing


  • Dancing is so much fun for babies, I used to dance all the time with the little ones, I found it easier with Number one as i had all the time in the world and plenty of energy.


  • Interesting read! I usually dance in front of my baby when she is in the high hair and she loves watching me and giggles – next time I’ll pick her up for a boogie with me!


  • I dance with my babies daily, it is such a great bonding session:)


  • Awwww I miss having a baby to dance around with


  • Whenever a favourite songs comes on the radio or bub is unsettled, we get our groove on. Not sure what bub hints of it all, works for me though, and usually results in a more settled baby


  • Yes dance is good at any age full stop! Interesting read!


  • I always find myself dancing with my babies!


  • What a gorgeous idea. I sang a lot to my babies but this would be fun too.


  • oh wow…dance and exercise together :)


  • Really good exercise to do with babies and you will feel wonderful too.


  • Dancing and music is so uplifting. I danced with my son and he loves dancing and music still. We spent many hours free form dancing or copying The Wiggles, Hi 5, you name it. We had those moves on.


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