repetition is the spice of life

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ok, so she hasn’t said these words precisely, but this seems to be her current mantra.  I’m not certain whether this insistence on repetition is peculiar to Vivi, or to toddlers in general (I’m guessing it’s pretty common ground), but she prefers to do/read/hear/see things over and over until she has figured it all out, and I’m sure this is good in many respects because it is how she learns.  Truly, this doesn’t bother me too much, and I am perfectly fine reading the same book over and over or playing the same game over and over, etc. but it begins to creep into the edges of my sanity when it comes to music.  I am not exaggerating when I say that she would be perfectly happy and content listening to the same song on repeat for an entire day.  Sometimes we do just that.  Especially between the hours of five and six o’clock when I am trying to cook supper and we are waiting on Chip to get home.  I would much rather listen to the same song for an hour if it means I can get something together a little more peacefully.  We also listen to the same few songs over and over in the car when we drive, and I finally realized I needed to do something about this.  It sort of begins to wear on my patience after a bit; I want Vivi to learn to appreciate more music and I figure there has to be a common ground we can find!  All this to say, I recently downloaded Elizabeth Mitchell’s album “You are My Sunshine(because that is one song she really likes, and I was trying to find some more versions to play) and it’s wonderful.  Not only can I tolerate it, but I actually like it.  And Vivi is really liking it, too.  This is a really big win.

The real test will be if Chip can stand it . . .

What about you?  Do you have any favorite albums that both you and your little one enjoy?  I’d love to add to our collection, and I’m sure I’m not the only one searching for  songs that are fun for all!

19 responses to “repetition is the spice of life”

  1. Gitskt says:

    We really love Seeds Family Worship.  My husband and I sing along to them with my toddler.  Plus, we end up memorizing tons of bible verses.  

  2. Tonya says:

    I have four kids and ALL of them have loved the Laurie Berkner Band…the first album (we are the dinosaurs).  It has some really catchy tunes, so much so, that I have been out with my husband and heard him singing the songs!!

    • Molly says:

      Very catchy indeed! In addition to the dinosaurs song, I like The Cat Came Back and Doodlebugs. 🙂

  3. Kaitlyn says:

    I have all of Elizabeth Mitchell’s albums and my son loves them. She is wonderful and I too enjoy her sound. You should also check out Laura Veirs’ album “Tumble Bee”. I love it and currently it has been on repeat in our car for about four months. 🙂

  4. diamondkelt says:

    These really aren’t “sing-a-long” songs but they are awesome for grown-ups and babies and possibly even almost 2 year olds.  It may also introduce her to some other type of tunes that are more familiar and palatable for repetition. – Depeche Mode Enjoy the Silence

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  5. Hdonily says:

    I’m in love with this picture! So excited!!! Hahaha. 

  6. Jamie Baker says:

    Bryan was all about repitition too. (still is sometimes.) 🙂 I have to second Laurie Berkner. She helped us survive toddler years. The cd is great and we also wore out the Dinosaurs DVD. 🙂

  7. Jamie Baker says:

    Oh, I forgot one! Dan Zanes. He rocks!

  8. Aja Riddle says:

    We really like Caspar Babypants. The songs are definitely fun for kids, but I like most of them as well! I definitely find myself singing them later 🙂

  9. Molly says:

    Love Raffi! (Down By The Bay, Baby Beluga, All I Really Need, Mr. Sun, etc.)  Also Barefoot Books story songs (my faves are We All Go Travelling By, Driving My Tractor, & Farmyard Jamboree), and the #1 toddler song from my teaching days,  Fire Truck by Ivan Ulz: When she’s ready for movement songs, I highly recommend Greg & Steve and Peter & Ellen Allard.

    I know of what you speak… Zoe’s only 1 but requests Itsy Bitsy Spider, a single verse of Wheels On The Bus (“Happy baby on the bus says ‘Ha ha ha'”), and The Watermelon Song (  I feel like I’m singing on a loop. 🙂

  10. Alesiarobbins says:

    I have 5 kids and all of them LOVE music. These seem to work well to download: all Backyardigans songs are cool lyrics set to different genres of music (My personal favorite)., anything Laurie Berkner, Fresh Beats Band, and Yo Gabba Gabba (“Dont Bite Your Friends”)
    If all else fails in the car…download Pandora app on your phone and add the Disney children’s music to your list.  All the Disney movie songs on overload!  Good luck!!!!!

  11. Michelle says:

    We love the Phineus + Ferb and the They Might Be Giants children’s channels on Pandora.  

  12. Dina @ Honey + Fitz says:

    Knox will only listen to (and I’m not exaggerating here…ONLY!) house and techno music. Ow bizarre is that? I live in a constant rave club and while I’m thankful for the non-kiddie music some days, that incessant base beat gets just as annoying! And yes, at almost 22 months, he is all about repetition too. I guess it’s common but boy is that Deadmau5 album annoying now!!

  13. Aeriel26 says:

    Our girl loves music and so does her daddy. Only problem is they usually don’t like the same thing. I can tolerate her kid music (she’s 24 mo.), but daddy can’t. We finally found common ground with Sandra Boyton. Her songs are for kids, but they are performed by regular adults and the lyrics are hilarious. Plus she changes them up enough that it doesn’t feel like the same stuff on repeat through the whole CD. The very best part is that a lot of her songs are also in board book form so we can read them later. Also, her CDs come with a big music book that includes the actual music and lyrics and hilarious illustrations. Our fav of the CDs is Blue Moo, the whole family loves it!

    • Joni says:

      So fun! I’ll have to check this out because I love her books.  I didn’t know she had music!  We have the same issue – daddy can’t handle the kid music very well.:)

  14. This is wonderful! We’re taking our 18-month-old on a 10-hour drive this weekend for our week-long vacation and I am need of some new music for her. She seems to really like “You Are My Sunshine”! Can’t wait to try out the other recommendations! 🙂

  15. Lauren Hitch says:

    I live in Nashville, and the best thing going in children’s music is by Coal Train Railroad. Check them out…fun for kids AND their parents!

  16. Janbland says:

    When Sarah was Vivi’s age, she was scared of the train whistle (which we don’t have now).  So we’d sing “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” over and over… because who can be scared of a train named Dinah.  She loved it along with the Peter, Paul, and Mary songs.

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