Baby Loves Dancing (and other Shortnin’ Bread Variations)

I learned the dancing and dressing variations on Mama’s Little Baby Loves Shortnin’ years ago from a favourite library school instructor, and now that I’m leading babytimes again, they’re back in my regular rotation. We’ll dance out wiggles and restlessness after presenting a book, or sing it to let everyone resettle and make room for new arrivals during the program. I invite caregivers to dance however they’re comfortable, whether that’s standing or sitting, holding a baby in the air, or holding the hands of a toddler. I don’t often use my ukulele on this one, as my strumming-while-dancing skills are inconsistent, but more coordinated storytimers can have a lot of fun. Each time we repeat this song we’ll dedicate it to a different loved one (Auntie, Grandpa, Nana, etc). If you’re leading a storytime for toddlers or preschoolers, try my friend Rachael’s Monday’s Little Toddler variation which includes a few changes to reflect children dancing on their own.

Other great songs that use this tune include the bouncing song Hello Little Babies which I came across via the King County Library System, and the welcoming/settling song Everybody Have a Seat. The earliest version of the latter I can find is from Marylee Sunseri’s 2001 album 1-2-3 Sing With Me, but it’s uncredited so may be older than that.

I like to sing this song with A and E7, but you can also play it with G and D7 or C and G7. I’ve linked a few videos in the song titles so you can see some folks singing the songs.


Baby Loves Dancing
A

(Daddy)'s little baby loves dancing, dancing
                            E7        A
(Daddy)'s little baby loves turning around

(Daddy)'s little baby loves dancing, dancing
                               E7         A
(Daddy)'s little baby loves to boogie on down

Lean to the left, lean to the right
               E7        A
Hug that baby nice and tight

Lean to the left, lean to the right
               E7        A
Hug that baby nice and tight



Monday’s Little Toddler Loves Dancing
A

Monday's little toddler loves dancing, dancing
                              E7        A
Monday's little toddler loves turning around


Monday's little toddler loves dancing dancing
                                  E7         A
Monday's little toddler loves to boogie on down

Swing to the left, swing to the right
               E7       A
Hug your body nice and tight

Swing to the left, swing to the right
               E7          A
Hug your body nice and tight


Verses
Other days of the week...



Baby Put Your Pants On
A
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
                        E7      A
Baby put your pants on, 1 - 2 - 3

Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
                        E7      A
Baby put your pants on, 1 - 2 - 3

Legs to the left, legs to the right
                      E7           A
Wiggle and jiggle and put them on right

Legs to the left, legs to the right
                      E7           A
Wiggle and jiggle and put them on right


Repeat with shirt, socks, coat, etc

A

Now that you're all dressed, all dressed, all dressed
                             E7       A
Now that you're all dressed, let's go play

Now that you're all dressed, all dressed, all dressed
                             E7       A
Now that you're all dressed, let's go play


Undressing version:
Baby take your pants off... Now that you're all naked let's take a bath



Hello Little Babies
A
Hello little babies, let's go rocking, rocking
                              E7       A
Hello little babies, let's go rocking now


Verses
Clapping, bouncing, tickling...



Everybody Have a Seat
A
Everybody have a seat, have a seat, have a seat
                           E7           A
Everybody come and have a seat on the floor

Everybody have a seat, have a seat, have a seat
                          E7           A
Everybody come and have a seat on the floor

Not on the ceiling, not on the door
                          E7           A
Everybody come and have a seat on the floor



Other Variations Include
Sittin’ in A High Chair by Hap Palmer

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