Would you rather eat mouldy play dough than hear one more word about Dorothy's dancing or Jeff's sleeping habits? Then these children's albums might be for you. A little variety can add some much needed spice to a parent's life, and the kids might just enjoy it too.
5. Rockabye Baby Metallica. You haven't lived until you've heard Enter Sandman played on a glockenspiel. The CDs in the Rockabye Baby series are popular music turned into acoustic lullabies for babies to enjoy. Other bands and artists given the Rockabye treatment include AC/DC, Black Sabbath, The Foo Fighters and Coldplay.
4. Baby Loves Jazz This award winning compilation of traditional nursery rhymes and children's songs played jazz style is a refreshing break from the same tired all tunes. It also teaches kids about different instruments and the sounds they make. The Greatest Hits double CD also includes a colouring book featuring characters such as Ella Elephant and Charlie Bird.
3. Reggae Playground- Putamayo Performed by artists from all over the world, these Reggae songs are fun for adults and children alike. 'Mouse in the House' by Marty Dread was particularly popular with our little Miss Two. Available from Amazon and Fishpond.
2. Noisy Songs for Noisy Kids-The Thunderlords Possibly a world first, the Thunderlords are a metal band for children. Highlights include "I Like Dirt" and "Icecream Headache".
1. They Might Be Giants Here Come the ABCs. As I giants fan from way back I was excited to hear that they have recorded several children's albums (also available- Here Come the 123s, Here Comes Science and No) that are all terrific geeky fun. This one teaches kids about the alphabet and simple phonics using catchy little tunes such as "C is for Conifer" and "E Eats Everything." Ever wanted to learn to recite the alphabet backwards as well as forwards? TMBG's "Z X Y" will help you get there. The double cd set comes with a dvd featuring cartoon music videos for all the songs which will keep your kids entertained for hours. Available from Amazon and Fishpond.
There is no guarantee that even these albums won't become annoying on the fiftieth or fifty millionth listen but they should keep things interesting for a little while at least.