New Mom Secret: I Hate Kid's Music

It's hard being a new mom (or even an experienced mom to a new baby) and sometimes we do things we know we shouldn't, despite what all the experts say. But this is a safe place to share your secrets (PM me)—we'll never tell.

This Week's Secret:


My daughter is 4-months-old now and I have never gotten into any kid's music. There was one song ("The Garden Song") that they played at an infant massage class that she seemed to like and so did I, but generally when we are hanging out, I am playing my reggae and Top 40 and other "adult" music. My husband freaks out and thinks we should be listening to more "kid-friendly" music. Is he right? Does this make me a bad mom?. — Anonymous

My rule of thumb was generally until they can ask for it, they will listen to what I like. Now, granted my music is pretty innocuous and does not have offensive lyrics. I have no idea what you are listening to, but offensive lyrics would weird me out a little but, too, I guess. But honestly, at four months, she is not really in much danger of understanding even bad lyrics.

The thing is, if you are uncomfortable with it, maybe you should try some music that is more "kid-friendly." Dan Zanes is great, fun kid's music. There is a lot of folk sixties music that is palatable and not offensive to little ears. There is jazz and even Norah Jones. Try classical, too. Putmayo makes great world music that both of my children went nuts over.

Kids like music, but so do parents. A mix of beats and instruments and voices will be stimulating (and not offensive) to little ears, regardless of whether it is marketing "for kids" or "for adults. Nothing to feel guilty over!

Do you have any advice for this mom?

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