Gift Guide, Baby: Musical Munchkin

Suzanne Murray
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What to get the Musical Munchkin?

My baby loves music—she loves to dance, she loves to sing, and she loves to play the piano with her feet. If you know a little future Beethoven or Elvis, you might consider getting him some of these musical gifts. He'll sing with glee.

Product: Little First Act Discovery Shake n' Stack Instruments

Cost: $12.99

Where to Buy: First Act Discovery

Extras: The toy is great for hand-eye coordination as well as musical fun.

Why I Love It: These stackable musical instruments include a maraca and tambourine. Your baby can stack, grasp, shake and jiggle to learn about different musical sounds. I'm tempted to break mine out before Christmas!

photo from Amazon.com

Product: Fisher-Price Little Superstar Sing-Along Stage

Cost: $39.99

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Extras: Assembly is required; needs three AA batteries, which are included. Toy comes with lyric cards in case you don't know the words to the songs.

Why I Love It: This toy features instruments—guitar, keyboard, drum, and trumpet—that your baby will hear play when she touches them or waves the magic microphone (it's really a rattle). It plays five different songs. Young Miley Cyrus-wannabes will love listening to the music and watching the lights blink. Older babies can experiment with the sounds the instruments make and create their own songs. It's such a great way to introduce your little one to instruments.



ABC singalong book

photo from Walmart

Product: ABC Sing-Along

Cost: $9.97

Where to Buy: Walmart.com

Extras: The book comes with a CD of all the songs; please note this book is available online only (not in Walmart stores).

Why I Love It: A friend gave it to me at my baby shower, I started reading it and listening to the CD when my baby was about 3 months old. Each letter of the alphabet has its own song, which you sing to the tune of a children’s classic (Twinkle Twinkle, Yankee Doodle, Do Your Ears Hang Low). The book has great illustrations, flaps, and touch-and-feel images. If you don't know a tune, you can always listen to the CD.


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