When I had my first baby, one of the nicest gifts we received was a two-disc mix of fantastic songs compiled by our music maven pal. While all the tracks were great—and safe for tiny ears—not a one was marketed as a “baby” song.
It was inspiring, to say the least. And no offense to the powerhouses of kid-friendly compilations, but you’ve probably got everything your musically advanced offspring needs in terms of a “primer.” (You know, in those gigantic CD wallets you keep moving from house to house?)
To start you off, here are 17 picks, ranging from classic favorites to surprisingly ideal new jams; pitch-perfect for quiet time, nap time and every gentle time in between. (Listen at your own risk, exhausted parents.)
New parents need all the extra help they can get, right? We’ve done you a solid and already compiled this mix onto Spotify! They’ve got a nifty “repeat” button, too, so go ahead and stretch out on that play mat for a bit.
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This article originally published on Nov. 2, 2016. It has been updated with the most recent information.