Little A absolutely loves music. We have been singing to her and playing music for her since the very beginning. She learned how to dance before she could walk. And she even learned how to sing before she could talk!
One of her favorite things to do is watch music videos on YouTube. She loves anything from nursery rhymes, to some seriously silly kids songs, to Sesame Street parodies, and Taylor Swift videos. She’s a girl with an eclectic taste in music!
Without a doubt, these are my toddler’s 5 favorite music videos:
- Happy by Pharrell Williams
A asks for “Happy” over and over again! It’s one of our favorite songs to dance along to.
2. Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) by Shakira
We randomly found this video one day and A has loved it ever since. It was the official song of the World Cup a few years ago. I think A loves the fast pace and all the lively dancing. A says, “waka waka” anytime she wants to watch videos now!
3. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
My girl loves T Swift! I love listening to her say “shake, shake” when we watch this one! It’s too cute.
4. Roar by Katy Perry
I think A really loves all the bright colors and jungle animals in this video.
5. Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake
I am not ashamed to admit that I have been a fan of Justin Timberlake since his N’SYNC days. I love that Little A loves this song so much! It’s a great one to dance along to. (I’m not the only one that thinks it’s really similar to “Happy”, right? Even the videos are alike…)
Letting my toddler have screen time is one of those things I said I’d never do before I had kids. But now that A is getting older, I really don’t see an issue with letting her watch short TV shows or music videos, as long as they are limited. (The American Academy of Pediatrics has fairly new recommendations for media use for children 18-24 months old.) She is growing up in a digital, high-tech world. She won’t ever remember a time without computers. or smart phones, or YouTube like you or I. There’s so much to be learned from children’s programs like Sesame Street or Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. And while I realize there’s not so much to learn from a music video, sometimes you just need to dance!