Although your child can be just as content to hear your choice of music if it's played at the right level – not ear-blasting death-metal, perhaps! – hearing nursery rhymes is a valuable experience for a small child. Not only are the tunes familiar when they socialise with other children and later at nursery and school, but they are soothing, often introduce vocabulary like animals, colours and counting.
However, if you have already gone out and bought your first nursery rhymes collection and switched it in the car stereo for your own sweet soulful pop songs, you may have been perturbed to hear some shrill lady singing and some 'cutesy' schoolkids joining in a cheesy chorus or two. It doesn't have to be this way!
Oxbridge Baby – Nursery Rhymes
This CD is a collection of 18 familiar nursery classics, put together by the makers of the Oxbridge Baby My First DVD .
Musically, it is not just plinky plonky studio effects but rich musical backdrops embracing different styles – jazz, pop and reggae (which proves particularly popular with young children, whether you're listening to reggae nursery rhymes or King Tubby).
Including songs like 'Humpty Dumpty', 'Hey Diddle, Diddle' and 'Sing a Song of Sixpence', it's an enjoyable but far from taxing 35 minutes' listening. However, the arrangements and the musicality mean that even though your child will want it on repeat on your next journey somewhere, you won't mind at all!
You can get the CD direct from the Oxbridge Baby website for £6.99. There is no charge for postage and packing.