I love music, and I’ve tried to share that love with my kids by exposing them to many different artists and genres that I enjoy (and I like everything from classical to alternative to country to rock). When my oldest son was little, he used to fall asleep in the car on our way home from his daycare listening to Guns n Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (he was always out cold before Axl started singing). But not everything that I listen to is appropriate for little ears, so I had to be selective about what music I shared with my children.
Jammy Jams takes popular songs and recreates them as baby-friendly instrumental lullabies. Not necessarily kid-friendly in their original iterations, Jammy Jams has taken some great songs and turned them into gentle, soothing lullabies. A brief selection of examples from various Jammy Jams albums:
- 18 and Life (Skid Row)
- The Monster (Eminem & Rihanna)
- Hey Ya (Outkast)
- Big Pimpin (Jay-Z)
- Possum Kingdom (Toadies) (which still sounds rather dark to me even as a lullabye)
- Something I Can Never Have (Nine Inch Nails)
I have a lot of pictures of Taylor sleeping, but that’s only because that’s the only time he holds still long enough for me to get a clear picture of him. Otherwise he’s moving so much that he’s just a baby-shaped blur.
Seriously, babies this age are supposed to sleep about 14 hours out of every 24 – I want to know where my other 5 or 6 hours are!
One thing that helps him sleep, though, is music – we had a mobile for him that would play lullabies for 5, 10, or 20 minutes… but at the end of the 20 minutes, he’d wake up and be sad that the music was over. And once he started pulling himself up to standing, we of course had to take the mobile away entirely. So when I was offered a chance to review “Greatest Naps, Vol. 2: The Best of Jammy Jams,” I was curious to see how Taylor would respond to the music. I was not disappointed with the results.
It even works during mealtimes.
And on older kids.
Since I received the MP3 version of the album complimentary for review purposes, I could just load the songs into an MP3 player at naptime or bedtime and leave it running on repeat. The backbeat can be a little repetitive for adults and the chimes get rather monotonous to my grown-up ears, but Taylor loves it, and that’s what’s important.
They also have a cute collection of baby and toddler clothes – you can buy the album packaged with a shirt (for example, a Poison onesie with a copy of Hair Metal Goes Lullaby, or a RUN-D.M.C. onesie packaged with a copy of Once Upon a Rhyme). You can also buy the clothes separately.
They also offer a great feature on their website – try before you buy! To check out any of the songs on Greatest Naps, Vol. 2: The Best of Jammy Jams, just click Play in the widgets on their website).
Whether you are a classic hip-hop or alternative music fan or a connoisseur of rock, hair bands, or pop music, you and baby will enjoy this collection of lullaby renditions from a variety of musicians such as Daft Punk, Miley Cyrus, Fugees, Oasis, and Def Leppard. Expose your little one to multiple genres of music while effortlessly drifting off into dreamland.Jammy Jams is a great way to introduce your kids to your taste in music without subjecting them to the sometimes questionable themes or lyrics. (For example, I love Guns n Roses and Disturbed, but wouldn’t play many of their songs for my younger kids – I would love to see what Jammy Jams could do with Disturbed and Godsmack though!)
To purchase any of the Jammy Jams albums, you can order directly from their website, or you can order their albums through Amazon.com. (You can purchase just individual songs too!)
Check out Jammy Jams on the web:
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