"My grandmother was from England and my grandfather was from Ireland and settled in Boston in the early 1900's, giving birth to 16 children. This rhyme has been passed down to four generations of Foley children. You bounce the child on your knees, then separate your knees to allow the child to gently 'fall' backwards during the last part (while holding their hands)." -Mom of 7

Notes

A longer version (most people only recite the first verse):

Trot, trot to Boston,
Trot, trot to Lynn,
Watch out baby*
You don't fall in!

Trot, trot to Boston,
Trot, trot to Dover,
Watch out baby*
You don't fall over!

Trot, trot to Boston,
Trot, trot to Town,
Watch out baby*
You don't fall down!

*You can insert the baby's name here.

Game Instructions

1. Gently bounce the child on your knees until the last line of the verse.
2. On the last line, open knees your knees and gently bring child down between knees and then lift him/her back up.

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