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AuroraB Thu 06-Aug-09 21:43:10

i've downloadedn a bunch of lullabies and to be grank they're crap, can anyone recommend music that babies will like that won't hurt my ears, i've got some classical stuff but i would like soething with words so i can sing along too.

i remember an article in the guardian music bit years ago about grown up bands who also made albums for kids, i've searched but can't find it

hope i make sense addled by sleep deprivation


AuroraB Thu 06-Aug-09 21:43:56

oh and soz for typos, hyeavy sleepy baby using up normal typing hand

misdee Thu 06-Aug-09 21:46:12

dd4 likes the eastenders theme tune lol.

jemart Thu 06-Aug-09 21:47:58

When my dd was small we used to play music like Enya, Simon & Garfunkel and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

If you are thinking of childrens music though, perhaps a couple of Disney soundtracks might suit?

hazeyjane Thu 06-Aug-09 21:52:06

Dds like showtunes (Singing in the Rain, On the Town etc), Imagination Movers (disney show, up to date Monkees), Jack Johnson 'Curious George' soundtrack, Muppets they dance around the kitchen to a lot of stuff we listen to, dd2 sticks her fingers in her ears when she doesn't like it! We did them a whole playlist on Spotify with songs from disney etc, a sleepy one and dancey one. I think They Might be Giants did an album for kids.

feedthegoat Thu 06-Aug-09 21:52:23

A friend bought ds this when he was born. Which was probably why he used to love me twirling him round room singing Sunday Girl to him very badly by about 6 months old.

Soooo glad noone ever saw/heard me grin.

Aranea Thu 06-Aug-09 21:55:36

No no no, make the most of it while your baby is still young enough to be happy listening to your music!! You have plenty of time ahead of you to listen to kids' music and be denied full access to your stereo system. Babies enjoy music. They don't know if it's not meant for them.

Yurtgirl Thu 06-Aug-09 21:56:30

This is cool
There are different CDs by this company, music from differnt countries

AuroraB Thu 06-Aug-09 21:59:45

ah ladysmith b m good shout, he likes tinariwen and amadou et mariam ~(well he seems to he's only 6 weeks so not that dicerning yet but i do)

it's the disney type stuff i'm not so keen on and these lullabies i've got are awfully slushy and american-esque

trhanks so much for your suggestions and i love the look of that one feedthegoat


dizzymare Thu 06-Aug-09 22:01:22

We've got a few cds by a guy called Raffi, some of his lyrics make you go hmm, but they are so catchy, and bouncysmile

AuroraB Thu 06-Aug-09 22:01:26

yurtgirl i love that, not sure why i'm loving the african influence so much at the mo, i'm from wiltshire!

lowrib Thu 06-Aug-09 23:24:58

Agree with Aranea. It's not exactly soothing grin but I was going on a bit of trip down memory lane yesterday and my DS really liked

this one

and this one

grin grin

Now I'm not suggesting you introduce your LOs to old school acid/hardcore necessarily grin but do try your personal back catalogue of favourite tunes, your LOs are bound to like some of them.

lowrib Thu 06-Aug-09 23:34:59

There are some bands writing alternative music for kids - it's for children a bit older than the really little ones though.

They Might Be Giants have done a whole load of stuff for kids.
Here's a website about their album "Here come the ABCs"

They've also don one called "Here Come the 123s"

Also there is the charity compilation by a load of people
Colours are brighter

and The Bare Naked Ladies have done Snacktime

KidsTunes Tue 15-Sep-09 13:34:46

I run a little website selling CDs for kids if you're interested

There's not a huge selection on it at the minute cos I only stock stuff me and my own kids like, but we add something new every week or so (I've a big backlog to add at the minute but I'm mad busy in work)

As for grown-up music that kids like - if it's a baby you can get away with more or less anything. Our eldest used to go to sleep to Black Sabbath and for a long while her favourite artist was Missy Elliot - thankfully she mauled the CD so much is stopped playing before she start to ask me what the words meant

StayFrosty Tue 15-Sep-09 13:38:21

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mwff Fri 02-Oct-09 22:00:36

lol stayfrosty grin

bumping semi-ancient thread to recommend woodie guthrie's songs to grow on for mother and child (i think?) for nurseryish rhymes but with folk cred wink and also remembering i used to settle dd1 to sleep with brian eno (the pearl), the criteria being that it was soothing but i could stand listening to the same thing night after night after night after night. still love it.

Pannacotta Fri 02-Oct-09 22:04:33

I have this CD 1 and really like it, even though I have listened to it most days for the past few years!

MissTFied Fri 02-Oct-09 22:07:43

Any Lemon Jelly albums are great. My children particularly liked 'Nice Weather for Ducks'.

sophietom Fri 02-Oct-09 22:19:31

Babies like all types of music- sing along to your fav cds and your baby will prob love it... I've heard it said that they will recognise tunes they heard a lot in the womb (my friend swore that her newborn responded to David Bowie after she lietened to it constantly whilst pg hmm )

Herman Dune, Jim Noir or Misty's Big Adventure are fun and child friendlyish

Oh and my son loves the Toy Dolls punk version of Nelly the Elephant grin

Barking Fri 02-Oct-09 22:38:16

I second Pannacotta's recommendation, the Lullaby Cd is fab, very gentle and soothing.

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