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Christmas Lullabies Book

Submitted by on December 20, 2009 – 3:13 pmNo Comment

I’d lost the will to live by track six and wanted to go to sleep just block out the monotonous drone. But, I guess, it is a lullaby CD so maybe that’s the point.

Buy online at Mamas & Papas

Price £9.99

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Initial thoughts: This Usborne set features a CD of 14 Christmassy lullabies and an accompanying board book with the words for six of the tracks so you can sing along to the instrumental music with your baby.

We liked: The book is lovely, beautifully illustrated with lots of shiny detailing. Big tabs make it easy for little hands to turn the pages. The music is quite hypnotic, in a weird sort of way, and Kai immediately stopped playing to sway along when we put it on the CD player.

We weren’t keen: It’s a bit, well, dreary. The music is synthesised keyboards and not very exciting. Every track sounds the same and the production is pretty abysmal – it sounds like something an amateur keyboard player might subject you to at Christmas.

The CD is isn’t in a proper case, just taped to the inside cover so I can see it getting scratched and lost fairy quickly.  The song choices in the book and on the CD are fairly uninspiring too, Away in a Manager being the best of the bunch – it certainly doesn’t fill you with Christmas spirit.

Overall: I’d lost the will to live by track six and wanted to go to sleep just block out the monotonous drone. But, I guess, it is a lullaby CD so maybe that’s the point. This might be a hit with younger babies if you want something to knock them out and guarantee a Silent Night, but I’d personally want something a little less funereal and serious.

[By Josie – Sleep is for the Weak]

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