Children for generations have enjoyed their parents, or grandparents, saying or singing nursery rhymes to them. The comforting rhythm of the verses means that even at a very early age, babies recognise familiar nursery rhymes.
They start by anticipating what is going to come, be it a word, sound or action, and later they grasp the words and love joining in, over and over again! It's the very repetition that they enjoy.
Some of the most traditional nursery rhymes have meanings which are irrelevant and pretty meaningless in this modern day and age, but still the rhymes live on from generation to generation. Some are clearly educational, teaching little ones to count and increase their vocabulary along the way.
A few, like London Bridge Is Falling Down, have various versions (possibly depending on where you live) and yours may differ from the one your partner heard as a toddler...
Just in case you're a little rusty on some of the classics, here is Emma's Diary's selection of some of the best known traditional nursery rhymes... get ready to sing along!