I originally heard about Rene and Jeremy from fellow world traveler/blogger/mother/badass Rachel. I bought the CD ‘It’s A Big World’ before the baby was even born, and fell in love with the music. It’s calming like lullabies should be but not mind numbing like they can be. The lyrics are baby-friendly but mama-approved and the acoustic guitars and vocal harmony make you feel like dancing barefoot with flower garlands in your hair.
After the baby was born, the ideas I had about how you actually soothe a baby were shattered into pieces. I thought it was a very 1, 2, 3 step process and ta-da! baby is calm. I didn’t realize the amount of floor pacing and side-to-side swaying and rhythmic shooshing was involved. Logic tells us that music calms adults who are upset, so why wouldn’t it work on babies, too? Makes sense, but in a state of sleep deprived delirium I had lost my ability to reason.
About two weeks into the baby’s life, I remember the CD purchased months earlier. So I put it in, took my standard boob-out, head lolled back position in the glider and away we went. And you know what? She did like the music. Fussed less, calmed more quickly. And eventually, after playing the disc on repeat, we discovered she even had a favorite. All twelve tracks are worth hearing (my faves are the title track and the cover of ‘Three Little Birds’), even over and over again, but what follows is the one that worked best to soothe our little love in her earliest days.