Thursday, January 22, 2009

Music for hipster toddlers

Since the Bug loves to dance, we spend a lot of time playing music that she enjoys. It's fun to watch her, and we love to dance, too! Given the sheer volume of music we play, it was imperative that we move away from exclusively playing Laurie Berkner and Sesame Street. We've actually found some awesome kids' CDs that we really enjoy!

Sing Along with Putumayo leads the pack. We have at least half a dozen other albums from the Putumayo label, which brings the music of the world to the masses. From the Cajun sounds of New Orleans to the cool beats of the Sahara, we love 'em. This Putumayo Kids album is a collection of classic American folk and blues, performed by Arlo Guthrie, Keb' Mo', and many more. Do your ears - and your dancing shoes - a favor and get it.

The Barenaked Ladies released Snacktime! last year upon realizing that there were more prodigy between the band members than there were members themselves. My personal fave is "Crazy ABCs" which pairs each letter with a word that doesn't sound *quite* right. (A is for aisle, P is for pterodactyl... you get the idea.)

They Might Be Giants have three kids albums. We've got Here Come the ABCs and Here Come the 1-2-3s. Both are filled with fun songs, and are packaged with DVDs for those car rides when you can't bear to listen to any more Dora.

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