Baby Storytime Spotlight: Kisses & Cuddles

I am so behind with sharing storytime plans! Here’s a sweet baby storytime from last week on Valentine’s Day:

*Sing: Good Morning to You

Welcome/Introductions: How Does Baby Melt Your Heart?

Every week (if our group is small enough) I encourage the caregivers to introduce themselves, their baby and share a fun fact. This morning we talked about what is something their baby does that just melts their heart!

*Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big (x2)

*Rhyme: Toast in the Toaster (x2)

*Sing: I Wake Up My Hands…


Read: Somebunny Loves Me by Parry Gripp

Babies are definitely not the intended audience for this juvenile nonfiction book, but you can totally make it work if you skip the poetry and stick to the big bold text! I love the everyday diversity, fun noises and adorable animal photos. This book wasn’t my first choice (my hold on We Love Babies! by Jill Esbaum didn’t come in on time) but it worked out pretty well.

Sing: Love My Baby, Yes I Do

The lyrics for this song came to me as I was driving to work! Kudos to Jbrary for getting the tune stuck in my head. The original song is titled “Love Somebody Yes I Do.” There are so many different fun versions out there! Jbrary has one, and so does Dany Rosevear.  There’s a recorded version from Francine Wheeler and also from the Kiboomers.

Here’s my take:

Tune: Skip to My Lou

Love my baby, yes I do.

Love my baby, yes I do.

Love my baby, yes I do.

Love my baby, through and through!



Love my baby big or small… short or tall! (lift up)

Love my baby out and in… frown or grin! (smile)

Love my baby head to toe… can’t let go! (hug)

Love my baby night and day… every way! (kiss)

We REALLY enjoyed this one! The caregivers picked up on the tune and the lyrics right away and the babies were all smiles from all the kisses and cuddles. I can’t wait to sing it with everyone again!

Lit Tip: Snuggles & Stories & Print Motivation

Look at all the smiles in this room! Grown-ups, I love songs like this because they help baby feel cared for and connected with you. The more special memories your baby has of reading stories and singing with you NOW, the more motivated they will be to crack the reading code LATER.

Rhyme: Up, Up, Up in the Sky Like This (x2)

Up,  up, up in the sky like this.

Down, down, down for a great big kiss.

Up like this!

Down for a kiss.

You’re my special baby!


Credit: King County Library System

Read: A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy

I was torn between this reading one and All Kinds of Kisses by Nancy Tafuri. So many good books, so little time.

Sing: Skinnamarink by Old Town School of Folk Music

*Rhyme: Tick Tock Cuckoo Clock

Oh my goodness, just look at the clock! Where does our time with our babies go? 😭

*Sing: Goodbye, Goodbye

Stay and Play

*Please visit this page to learn more about my regular storytime songs and routines.

What are your favorite cuddly songs and rhymes? How do you encourage baby and caregiver bonding? Would love to learn more in the comments below!

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