Monday, March 17, 2014

Mommy Mondays: Music for Minors

Thatbaby loves to sing and perform.  We get nightly concerts.  Sometimes they're on guitar, sometimes (like Saturday night) it was just with his microphone.  When he's done singing, he instructs us to clap.  I guess he's a demanding musician.

Thatboy and I are big music fans, so it's no surprise Thatbaby has followed suit.  We've been playing music and singing to him since he was in the womb.  We have music going in the house throughout the day, and in the car.  Most of the time we don't alter our typically listening habits.  Thatbaby listens to the same things Thatboy and I do.  But I thought I'd share a little of the music we tailor to him:

Before Thatbaby was born I would sing him songs I felt were appropriate to our situation: "I say a little prayer for you,"  "I just haven't met you yet," and "And So It Goes."

When he was born, we switched into major lullaby mode.  We love the Rockabye Baby Cds for this.  Because if you're going to listen to kid songs over and over, then it should be songs you know and love, right? Crying was usually quieted with singing, and my 2 go-to songs were "Smile" and "Golden Slumbers."   I was in charge of bedtime for a long time and his bedtime lullabies were either "Sweet Baby James,"  "The Boxer," or "Goodnight My Angel."

Like all toddlers, he began developing a preference for typical kid songs - The Alphabet, "Wheels on the Bus," "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "Baa Baa Black Sheep."  We use Wee Sing for this.  Right now we're almost on a constant loop of "She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain" (otherwise known as  "Woah Back, Toot Toot.")

We're trying to introduce him to Disney music, because Thatboy and I don't tire of that.  Right now the music from Aladdin seems to be in the lead.  He also loves the music from Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train.  We're also introducing Barenaked Ladies and They Might Be Giants, who both have kid's albums with fun music.  I also discovered Juice Box Heroes over the past couple years, but Thatbaby isn't as interested as I am.  And I'm always looking for new ideas.  What do your kids listen to?

4 comments:

  1. There's a cd that we love from New Zealand called "songs for bubba" by Anika Moa. H loves and requests "you are my sunshine" aka "sun shines mama!! Pease!"

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  2. The.Boy is a big Disney fan so I see lots of Disney music in our kids' future! We also listened to a TON of the Beatles growing up. The songs were just so catchy!

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  3. I remember my son when he was between 2 and four, he was the king of the dance flour, like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever haha. Now that he is entering teenage years he has become shy and doesn't want to dance in front of people!

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  4. Music is a beautiful thing…Keep sharing it.

    Velva

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