Baby storytime 2

From Amy Commers at the South St. Paul (MN) Public Library:

“Our baby storytime is advertised for 0-12 months (pre-walkers), their siblings and caregivers. Registration is not required. We hold it on Monday evenings at 6:30 and it lasts for about 20 minutes. We also partner with our local ECFE, who provides a staff member for each storytime.  ECFE staff brings a baby scale to weigh babies after storytime as well as brochures and pamphlets about their events/classes.  It has been a wonderful relationship to develop between our two agencies and we have worked together on other occasions since partnering. My storytimes are modeled after a format practiced by the librarians at the Ames Public Library in Ames, IA, who developed their baby storytimes after receiving training from the BabyTALK program in Decatur, IL. Typically I start with the song, Wiggles and Giggles, then teach/review the rhymes and signs (which change every three weeks).  From the signs we transition to the story, and then another song before closing with the Baby Hop.  While I usually follow the same order, I am very flexible and respond to the babies and their moods so I may add or delete planned activities on the fly.  For example, if the babies are fussing, we break up the rhymes, signs and book with the middle song (which changes every week).  Another activity I may add in or take out is shared reading.  For that, I simply set out a variety of books and caregivers choose one to share with their baby one-one one.  I usually have one early literacy skill that I am focusing on and will sprinkle in a little information about that when it feels comfortable.  After the Baby Hop, I stay in the room and chat with the parents while the babies play and explore.”

Sample Program

Opening Song

Wiggles and Giggles from Diaper Gym CD


Fingers and Toes

Finger and toes, fingers and toes
Here are your fingers
And here are your toes.
Wiggles your fingers
Wiggles your toes
Here are your fingers
And here are your toes.
Wave with your fingers
Wave with your toes
Here are your fingers
And here are your toes.

Apple Tree (baby lies on back)

Way up high in the apple tree
(raise arms above baby’s head)
Two little apples did I see.
(use index finger to massage around baby’s eyes)
So I shook that tree as hard as I could
(Jiggle baby’s body)
And d-o-w-n came the apples,
(tickle fingers down baby’s body)
Umm! They were good!
(Give baby cuddles and kisses)

Review Sign Language Signs

More – tips of fingers together a few times
Drink – pretend sip from glass
Change – fisted hands pivot on each other
Eat – hands move toward mouth
Hurt – touch tips of index fingers near area of pain
Done – palms face up, then over and out.
Milk – hand opens and closes like milking
Help – right hand rests on left palm, thumb up, lift together


Wiggle Like an Octopus by Harriet Ziefert


Head and Shoulders Baby

Head and shoulders baby 1-2-3 (x2)
Head and shoulders, head and shoulders, head and shoulders baby 1-2-3
[Repeat]: knees and ankles, eyes, and ears, tummy and back, shake them all, scooby-dooby, that’s the end

Baby Hop  from Diaper Gym CD

Early Literacy Skill—Speaking

Talk to your baby throughout the day. It might seem strange at first, but try telling baby what you see, hear, smell, feel. Be descriptive. Hearing how different words sound when you say them helps baby when she begins to speak