For many reasons…
One thing I took time to do when I was pregnant with my firsborn is begin a music collection. This collection includes everything from cd’s to music boxes and is always growing. I have come across some great music! Music is top priority on my list of “must-haves” with a new baby. While in utero, my babies listened to quite the variety, pretty much everything! Now that they’re on the outside, they still listen to a little bit of everything. Lately we listen to music that is more their pace but always keep the variety. It’s the spice of life, you know
In no particular order because I can’t play favorites, our most listened-to baby cd’s include:
1. Rockabye Baby http://rockabyebabymusic.com/
This is a fun series. You can get your ears on music box renditions of Coldplay, The Beatles, Radiohead and Metallica among many others. TONS of selection. I was lucky enough to come across these albums (they are still called albums, aren’t they?!) when I was still carrying our first baby so we’ve collected many by now.
2. Putumayo Kids http://www.putumayo.com
Phenomenal music for the entire family to enjoy. Putumayo Presents CDs have expanded in the last few years and we couldn’t be happier! We could listen to our collection all day. “Sesame Street Playground” gets us going in the morning. “Picnic Playground” is the perfect complement to our meals. We have music happy hour in the afternoon when we’re not busy at our Music Party with friends listening to “Rock and Roll Playground”. Finally, we often end our day with “Dreamland” (& sometimes “Acoustic Dreamland”). That’s not to say we don’t listen to ALL of the CDs Putumayo puts out, even the non-Kids CDs are fantastic. A friendly tip: check them out at your local library before you purchase to see which ones you like best!
3. Baby Einstein http://www.babyeinstein.com/home/
I don’t care what has been said about these cd’s. I am fully aware that they are not guaranteed to make my baby smarter. I can’t even believe that the company had a lawsuit filed against them for such reasons. Agh, America, come on!! These discs are great for anytime! We love “Traveling Melodies” for long car rides, or even short ones
4. Curious George Soundtrack, Jack Johnson & Friends http://www.amazon.com/Longs-Lullabies-Curious-George-Johnson/dp/B000CR7RDE
We jam out to this cd constantly as a family. One of my favorites-it’s the best cd to accompany you in making dinner! You don’t have to love the movie or Curious George to love this music.
5. Baby Loves Jazz http://babylovesjazz.info/
“Go Baby Go!” is a rockin’ good time! Admittedly, I didn’t even realize there was a collection of these until doing a search. I’m excited to find out there are more!! Singable tunes your children will remember, not to mention yourself and your partner!
I hope you find new titles in some or all of this list. I love to share music with people! As always, please feel free to share your personal lists by leaving a comment below. And you can look forward to more when I follow up with Fab Five Fridays: Music For Little Ears Volume TWO!
Today is a day that I teach for a few hours. I give private piano lessons in people’s homes. So, I leave my children with a loved one (my mother is sick today but my sister will step in). Thank goodness for family!!
Do I want to teach? The answer to that question is multi-faceted. I love my students but, and sorry students, I love my family more. Sadly I have to prioritize and make the decision that is best. I try not to make it about money, although if it’s necessary then I do what needs to be done. I’m fortunate that I’ve found a career I am passionate about, making it enjoyable to “work”. I’ve chosen to hold onto a few students and teach for half a day each week. Luckily I have wonderful family members who are able to watch my kids and my husband is with them for the remainder of the time. I’m not one of those people who needs time to myself or looks forward to leaving my kids. I just love being together as a family.
Here’s the question of the century: Can you be a full-time Mom or Dad while holding a full-time job? I’ll let you answer that question…