Have you found some fun music for your baby that doesn’t drive you crazy? You deserve it! Take some time and money (if needed) to expand your playlist. It’s so worth it to know some songs to sing throughout the day. I have a great collection of songs that are directed towards children and they actually do NOT make me feel like ripping my hair out. 🙂
I get almost all of my music from my library. This is a little bit of a challenge now that I don’t have a disk drive on my computer but it’s worth it to me to have access to such great learning material- FOR FREE! My library will even purchase items that they don’t have if I make a suggestion, or they will borrow from another library within our state. It’s awesome!
My top 5 faves:
1. Everything Grows Raffi
It’s really hard to pick one Raffi album. He is like The Beatles of kids’ music. So many instant classics. So if you can’t get one of his box sets, I would go with Everything Grows. Teddy Bear Hug, Bathtime, Little White Duck, Eight Piggies in a Row, and Everything Grows can pretty much get you through a whole days’ worth of activities. There are several songs on this album that we sing on the regular.
2. Songs From The Street: 35 Years of Music Sesame Street
Lots of childhood memories on this box set! Big Bird’s “ABC-DEF-GHI”, “People In Your Neighborhood,” Bert singing “Doin’ The Pigeon”… funny stuff! It also includes newer versions of older Sesame Street songs performed by R.E.M., Dixie Chicks, ‘N Sync and Steven Tyler to name a few.
3. You Are My Little Bird Elizabeth Mitchell
This album doesn’t really sound like kids’ music. There are some children singing on some songs but I like it and so does my baby. The other day we were on a long car ride to go hiking and my brother said, “It sounds like something a girl would listen to… like Alison Krauss or something.” Playful, happy and light hearted and a lot of the songs feel like songs that you’ve known all of your life.
4. Dreamland: World Lullabies & Soothing Songs Various Artists (Putumayo Presents)
This album reminds me of the last baby that I worked with before I became a SAHM. It’s very soothing and calming. I turn it on before bedtime and a lot of times long after the baby is sleeping the music is still playing. I really enjoy it. Some songs are in another language and I have no idea what they are singing about which is great for tuning out at the end of the day.
5. Mary Had A Little Amp Various Artist
Need something funky? Something you can dance to? Something even a little “dark”? This one’s for you. Maroon 5, Madonna, Jack Johnson, Moby… This one is a lot of fun when you feel like changing it up! I love “Pure Imagination” and Baby Babe’s theme song “Little Star”.
One more worth getting for a single song is Ralph Covert’s Happy Lemons. I love the reggae clean up song! I have it on my phone so that after meals we can jam out and dance instead of dealing with a squirming and growling girl. And it’s way cooler than the tired and true version.
These albums will give you a good collection of songs to sing about nature, counting, sleeping, sharing, making friends, eating, being silly… They are a lot of fun! I hope you enjoy some of my recommendations.
I do think it’s important to listen to music that YOU love with your children. Hearing a variety of sounds and styles exposes them to more learning opportunities and it shows them that your opinion and style have value!Share it!