Lately I've been feeling the heat from some well-meaning mama's for not going the "traditional" route and subjecting Lily (and myself!) to Elmo, Veggie Tales, etc. Let me be clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with these types of shows, in fact I know that they have great messages and teach "littles" about all sorts of good things. I just find them annoying and not for Lily... or should I say, not for me! (Get real parents, you know that if you don't somewhat enjoy what is on the screen, you aren't going to choose it for your kids to watch!)
In our house, Yo Gabba Gabba is the show to watch and always produces a smile on little Lil's face (and mine). Not only is it colorful and fun, but it's only 30 minutes long and quickly changes from scene to scene so as not to become boring. I not only love that it encourages kids to get up and dance (something I'm sure Winnie the Pooh never does), but it also highlights music groups that we listen to on a regular basis. It's especially cool because they are singing songs written for little ears.
I love that Lily is being exposed to all different types of music. It's fun to watch her clap her hands and try to "sing" with Eddie Vedder, Mates of State, and The Beatles, while also knowing Jesus Loves Me and The Itsy Bitsy Spider too.
All of these things will make her a more well-rounded child.. and that makes a mama happy!
Here are some of favorites from Yo Gabba Gabba... and to close, Feist on Sesame Street! Yeah!
I'm So Happy I Can Dance by The Salteens
Family Tree by Low
It's Okay, Try Again by The Shins
1 2 3 4 by Feist