The Baby Playlist: 20 Songs that Mommy and Baby Can Enjoy


Music is a minor (okay, major) obsession of mine. If I wasn’t a blogger, I’d definitely try my hand at DJing ? So when Noah was born I made a point to find music we could both enjoy.

I could have bought an album specifically designed for babies. But since I work from home, I wanted something that wouldn’t drive me nuts if I had to listen to it all day. So I went on an epic search for music that was baby and adult friendly.

My criteria was mid to low tempo songs without super loud/noisy baselines, and with clearly enunciated lyrics. And this is what I came up with.

I’ve divided it up by genre to make browsing easier.

Movie Soundtracks
R&B and Neo Soul
African and Reggae
Classic Rock and Pop
Pop and Hip Hop

Or you can just follow along ?

And feel free to share your own song suggestions in the comment box!

Movie Soundtracks

1. Pure Imagination, Gene Wilder from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

2. Pretty Women, Alan Rickman and Johnny Depp from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

3. By the Sea, Helena Bonham Carter from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

4. Moon River, Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

5. Home, Diana Ross from The Wiz

R&B and Neo-Soul

6. For Real, Amel Larrieux

7. Rock with You, Michael Jackson

8. Prototype, Andre 3000

9. Together Again, Janet Jackson

African and Reggae Music

10. Pata Pata, Miriam Makeba

11. W’Happy Mama, Zap Mama

12. Redemption Song, Bob Marley

13. Three Little Birds, Bob Marley

Classic Rock and Pop

14. I Want to Hold Your Hand, The Beatles

15. Your Smiling Face, James Taylor

16. Close to You, The Carpenters

17. Friday I’m in Love, The Cure

Pop and Hip Hop

18. Smile (clean version), Lily Allen

19. We are the People, Empire of the Sun

20. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat), Digable Planets

Ladies, what are your song suggestions?