Babies – and their parents – get a lot of practical gifts when they enter the world. Clothes, blankets, bottles, rattles, diaper pails, etc. Stand out from the crowd with these unique, National Parenting Publications Award-winning gift ideas that will appeal to baby’s eyes and ears.
Babies can’t read yet, but they love to be read to. These NAPPA gold-award winners feature baby-friendly board books, a counting book and even a story with a sing-along
Dancing Feet, by Lindsey Craig, illustrated by Marc Brown; Random House Children’s Books, 2010; $16.99; www.randomhouse.com/kids. The lively rhyming language and jubilant art in this hardcover book will have kids joyfully dancing on happy feet.
Old MacDonald Had a Farm, adapted by Kim Mitzo Thompson and Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand, illustrated by Patrick Girouard; Twin Sisters Productions, 2010; $10.99; www.twinsisters.com. This traditional song is presented as a brightly colored, padded board book that includes a CD of 14 additional fun songs.
One Pup’s Up, by Marsha Wilson Chall, illustrated by Henry Cole; Simon & Schuster Children’s, 2010; $16.99; http://kids.simonandschuster.com. A counting book as sweet and peppy as 10 little puppies.
Up, Up, Up!, by Susan Reed and Rachel Oldfield; Barefoot Books, 2010; $16.99; www.barefootbooks.com. Sail away in a hot air balloon with three children and their dog in this beautifully illustrated book, which includes a sing-along CD.
Soft, soothing and sweet – nothing beats a lullaby for calming a baby:
Music Together® Lullabies, various artists, Music Together LLC, 2009; $14.95; www.musictogether.com; ages 0 to 6. Music Together® CDs are perfect companions to this company’s live classes, but the music can stand alone. This album contains traditional folk songs arranged simply and with minimal instrumentation.
Party Like a Twinkle Star, Charity and the JAMband, 2010; $17.98 double CD; www.jamjamjam.com; ages 0 to 9. From songs that sound like mom at your bedside (“So Long to the Day”) to a folk version of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” your child will fall asleep with a smile.
Sing Me Goodnight, Lisa Redfern, Hurricane Music, 2010; $15; www.lisaredfern.com; ages 0 and up. Gentle and soothing vocals ride effortlessly on original and traditional folk tunes, with simple yet elegant arrangements. Two songs are dedicated to parents growing their families through adoption.
Sing Me to Sleep – Indie Lullabies, Various Artists, American Laundromat Records, 2010; $13.95; www.alr-music.com; ages 0 and up. Different, different, different! Indie artists embrace and retrace classic lullabies with a fresh heartfelt zest!