Feeling Groovy! 10 Kids CDs and Music Toys to Keep Your Family Rocking
I'm loud and I'm proud! Teaming up with mom of two Brooke Shields (who makes her kiddie tunes debut as a guest artist in two duets), Melissa Green's Sing Loud! is all about encouraging your pint-size performer's individuality, courage and pride. Plus, parents will no doubt recognize a few of the tunes themselves, with a chorus from Eminem's "Lose Yourself" and a kid-friendly cover of the Go-Go's hit "We Got the Beat."
Buy It Now! Melissa Green Sing Loud!, $13, melissagreenmusic.com
THE NAME GAME
What's in a name? For starters, a great song! With Name Your Tune's personalized CDs, your child will get a kick out of hearing all the classics – think "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" and "Wheels on the Bus" – with an extra-special spin: Each song collection is made specifically with your little one's moniker in mind and features more than 80 fun shout-outs throughout the set.
Buy It Now! Name Your Tune, $20, nameyourtune.com
On the hunt for a CD that will keep the whole gang grooving? Ben Rudnick's latest album, Love Is a Superpower, blends a mix of music styles into one powerhouse hit – it's bluegrass meets western swing meets reggae meets country meets rock! – full of fun (and famous!) contributors, including Willie Nelson's fiddler, Tony Bennet's trombonist and Stevie Wonder's trumpet player.
Buy It Now! Ben Rudnick Love Is a Superpower, $15, benrudnick.com
TOTAL REQUEST LIVE
From their first few notes on the Superstar Guitar to their mini mix-master skills on Be a DJ Jam-boree, Baby Genius has got your aspiring artist's future looking bright. Once they're ready to kick back and listen to some of their fave toddler tunes, help them insert a (plastic!) coin in the Be-a-Star Sing-Along Jukebox and groove to a selection of over 40 fun songs. Best of all? Your singing sensation can switch over to karaoke mode, grab the mic and put on a truly showstopping performance!
Buy It Now! Baby Genius Be-a-Star Sing-Along Jukebox, $40, toysrus.com
Ready to rock and roll? Charity and the JAMband will bring a little eco-friendly edge to the family with their October release of Family Values. With each song accompanied by its own signature moves, kids can dance while learning about compassion, respect, kindness and community through titled tracks including "Ice Cream, Lemonade" and "Flower Power."
Buy It Now! Charity and the JAMband Family Values, $15, jamjamjam.com
Here comes the music man! Your little director won't have a problem creating his own musical masterpiece with Melissa amp Doug's Beginner Band Set, which comes with a colorful xylophone, kazoo, castanets, harmonica and a jingle stick for a surefire eclectic mix of sounds.
Buy It Now! Melissa amp Doug Beginner Band Set, $25, melissaanddoug.com
From Billy Joel and Elton John to John Mayer and Madonna, Baby Blanket Music has taken artists' hottest hits and transformed them into surprisingly sweet lullabies for your sleeping beauties. The latest singer to make the switch from pop star to baby whisperer? Lady Gaga, whose album, filled with chart toppers like "Poker Face" and "Alejandro," may even soothe your little dreamer.
Buy It Now! Baby Blanket Music Lady Gaga, $15, babyblanketmusic.com
Impecca's Zoo Tunes are the perfect way to kick off any impromptu family dance party. Lightweight, battery-operated and completely portable to fit in the palm of your hand (for shimmies at the supermarket?), the fun speakers (which are compatible with computers and cell phones) come in a variety of animal-friendly faces, including a tiger, bear, kitten and pig.
Buy It Now! Impecca Zoo Tunes, $30, impeccausa.com
FACE THE MUSIC
There are only so many silly songs a parent can take. And for those who have reached their kid-music max, a healthy dose of Hullabaloo's family-friendly tunes are the perfect balance. With the upcoming release of Raise a Ruckus, the two-man band have hit another home run with their cool collection of instant classics featuring all the folk, funk and rock inspirations parents (and kids!) are sure to appreciate.
Buy It Now! Hullabaloo Raise a Ruckus, $12, hullabalooband.com
Boom-boom pow! From the adorable over-the-ear headphones to the cool portable water-resistant stereo, iHome Disney's Minnie Mouse collection will have her rocking out to her fave songs in no time. The pretty-in-pink Alarm Clock Speaker System will not only rouse her from her sleepy state with a list of her top tunes, but the all-in-one also doubles as an instant iPod charger.
Buy It Now! iHome Disney Alarm Clock Speaker System, $50, ekids.com