How to get my 9 month old to clap?

Jessica - posted on 04/26/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Trying to get my 9 month old to learn to clap, have tried songs, doesnt seam to really understand the songs, anyone esle got some suggestions?

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Rose Ann - posted on 05/04/2010

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hello Jessica, I have 9 months old daughter too..i teach her how to clap when she`s 5 months. when she`s 6 months she can clap with sound..at first show to your son how to clap and sing the song "clap clap clap your hands clap your hands like this" while your claping..second hold his hand while singing the song and clap his hand.. i hope it would help..

Amanda - posted on 04/28/2010

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My daughter will be 10 months next week. She just started to clap about a week ago. When she does something great or accomplishes something, i always clap and say good girl, or yay!! and play pat-a-cake..clap along to music, bang hands on drums, boxes whatever...I just did a lot of repetition, finally she picked it up. I'm also teaching her sign language, so its really just patience and consistency. They'll figure it out soon enough! :)

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Claudia - posted on 05/23/2010

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Ummm I cheated and got his big brother (2 1/2) to teach him, don't know how he did it, just told him jokingly they were in the cot together to teach DS2 to clap, honestly 5 mintues later they were both clapping

Natalie - posted on 05/23/2010

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My baby started clapping when he was 8 months old. I actually didn't really teach him how to but whenever I said an exciting "yeah", I must have clapped along myself, and he must have picked it up. Now when people say yeah, he claps!! I think babies would copy you if you keep doing it and keep it associate with something.

Amber - posted on 05/22/2010

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i had to do Patty cake with him.. and the song BINGO.. just take their hand and clap them for the baby.. eventrully it will work.. thats what i did with my son.. we played patty cake every day atleast 2-3 times a day and then i started with the BINGO song.. he started clapping

Gail - posted on 05/12/2010

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If they are banging toys together then the next step is clapping,,, and waving will come after that, my son just started doing today, well was waving hello and goodbye lol

Kelly - posted on 05/11/2010

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I'm so glad I'm not the only one worried that my son doesn't clap. He also doesn't wave bye-bye either. However, I did notice today him banging two toys together, so maybe he will learn from that. Everyday, when he finishes his meals, stands up on his own, or accomplishes something I always make a big deal and clap and say yay! His response is always just a big smile. The only thing he is doing on his own or when asked is giving kisses and showing us how big he is.

Laura - posted on 04/30/2010

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I did the same as the post above mine. Clapped his hands together and then clapped my own. I have found that it works best to practice when they are eating/in their high chair because you have their full attention! I have been working on waving "bye-bye" for weeks and finally he did it a little but hasn't done it since! Practice practice!

Melissa - posted on 04/30/2010

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Same with the response above, I took my sons hands clapped them together then clapped my own, he caught on pretty quick surprisingly. Everytime I would do this I would say "Yayy!" Now, everytime someone says "Yayy!" he stops whatever hes doing and claps, lol. Just stick with it and theyl catch on soon enough!

Krissy - posted on 04/29/2010

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i always get her hands and clap them together and then i do it by myself to show her she only statred this last week after 3 moinths of showing her- she just layed back- now she claps and waves with both hands and says 'ello' to anyone and anything .

Danielle - posted on 04/28/2010

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I gave my daughter 2 bathtime cups and showed her how to clap the toys together. Then one day she didn't have the cups and just clapped her hands. Now she won't do it on command but at least I know she knows how to clap.

Shalaina - posted on 04/26/2010

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I have been working with my son also! He loves when other people clap and will put his hands on mine but he just will not do it on his own! I just keep showing him and make it fun! Good luck!

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my daughter just started clapping. just make it a game. i clap when we sing or for any of her little achievements. we also did banging on the table or on tupperware for awhile and she does some of that too.

Stephanie - posted on 04/26/2010

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Every child is different....I have twin boys & one child has learned to clap & the other hasn't. I sang the alphabet while clapping & eventually my son caught on....my other son doesn't clap his hands but hits objects when I clap (he just started doing it though). Make sure to do it everyday consistantly & eventually they will get it when they are ready. It's the cutest thing when they do!!

Gail - posted on 04/26/2010

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just keep playing clapping games. Also do they have a tamberine or drum, i used to get that and bang it and eventually my son started to do it and now he claps his hands.

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