?? - posted on 09/11/2010 ( 47 moms have responded )
I was watching Friends the other day and it was the episode where Ross made Emma laugh for the first time by singing Baby Got Back and then Ross and Rachel both sang it to her again to make her laugh again, only to have the whole gang walk in and look at them like they were crazy for singing that song to an infant.
When my son was still in my belly, my roommate was a club / bar manager, so I would often go the club before hours to play pool and listen to music while he would get ready for the night (I would leave before the music was cranked to the max). And I ALWAYS had music playing while I was pregnant. I listen to a mixture of music, mostly though, metal.
As an infant metal music would sooth my son. When his lil music player wasn't working, I would lay him down with my iPod playing above his head and it would put him to sleep faster than his music player would - Ozzy, Pantera, BLS, and the likes, sang my son to sleep many times. When he was about a year old, he had a favorite song Two Weeks by All That Remains and anytime it would come on he would laugh, clap, and boogie down. Still to this day, if that song comes on the play list, he's dancing.
I have childrens songs mixed into my play list that he likes too but for the most part, if he's dancing or pretending to sing along, it's to a metal song. And club songs, including Britney Spears, Timbaland and Rhianna. He head bangs, thrashes around and he dances like it's nobody's business when "Gabe's songs" come on.
His daddy had the song "Before I Forget" by Slipknot as his ring tone for the longest time and when that song comes on, he goes to his dads cell phone and says "HI DAD!" And I had the song "Clumsy" by Fergie as my ring tone for when his dad called my cell phone, so when that song comes on, he goes to my cell phone and says "HI DAD!"
Funny, as I'm typing this, Two Weeks just came on the play list.
I also hear / see toddlers and young children knowing the lyrics to Katy Perry, Rhianna, Eminem, even Snoop Dogg. And then I see some parents that BAN any music that isn't a nursery rhyme.
Does your child(ren) listen to music that isn't geared towards kids? Do you think there is music that is absolutely inappropriate for an infant or toddler or child to listen too?