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Hump Day Giveaway: Thule Chariot Cougar 2 (x 2!)

Double your pleasure in the Thule Chariot Cougar 2 (left) or Cougar 1 (right).
Double your pleasure in the Thule Chariot Cougar 2 (left) or Cougar 1 (right).

Spilling some beans on a workout secret here—and hoping I’m not alone. Near the end of a sweat session, when I’m really not interested in running 1 more mile or pedaling for 20 more minutes, I’ll turn on the Justin Roberts Pandora station.

In case you’re not on top of all the best singers ever, Justin Roberts sings songs for kids. The under-six set, mostly, but they’re also appealing to this almost-42-year-old. With titles like Meltdown! and lyrics that involve juice boxes, they’re witty and peppy, and they’re usually short; getting through just.one.more.song means about two minutes, not a Stairway to Heaven seven-minute-riff.

Most of all, I love the Roberts station because the songs on it remind me of my kiddos when they only came up to my knees.  I remember running around the kitchen island, chasing Ben as I sang, Laurie Berkner’s I’m Gonna Catch You. I tried to postpone Amelia’s transformation to tween music by buying her They Might Be Giants This is Science CD. I still pop that CD in sometimes when we have a long drive and we have a big, off-tune sing along. Even The Wiggles, in very, very small doses, can make me smile.

On the last mile of my run in Charleston today, I went on a Big Field Trip.
On the last mile of my run in Charleston today, I went on a Big Field Trip.

I got to run with a local group of Fit4Moms on Saturday morning around Sloan's Lake. The mostly newer moms discussed, as they did run/walk intervals pushing their kiddos, sleep habits and fruit pouches, terrible twos and when to have a second kid. I kept thinking to myself, “I know I was in this position just a few years ago, but wow, I feel like a grandmother right now.”

I ran next to a stroller for a bit. While the passenger was asleep, just being there brought me back to the days when I would push Ben, almost 8, in our Thule Chariot Carrier. Ben has been a chatter since Day 1, and when we took to the gravel path by the river in downtown Colorado Springs, his mouth spun as fast as the Chariot’s wheels did. He counted (“1, 4, 2”) birds, and then named them. He sang the ABC’s—or his version of them. He told me to go, “Faster, faster!” and I’d try to put a clip in my clomp.

I didn’t run with him much—early morning has always been my preferred running hour, and Lord knows, I wasn’t waking up  sleeping babes just to have co-pilots—but the times I did push him, I spent almost the whole run looking down at his dinner-roll feet, rubber-band wrists, and fingers so chubby, they almost hid his knuckles. How I loved that chub.

Running always piques my appreciation for and love of my family—and minimizes the frustrations and hassle. As I huffed and puffed and gazed at my entertaining narrator, the depth of my adoration often made me feel like I could knock out a half-marathon right then.

Lots of stuff. Plus two adorable passengers.
Lots of room for cargo. Plus two adorable passengers.

The Thule Chariot Cougar certainly helped the cause. The stroller, which you can use for a walk, a run, a bike, or a cross-country ski with a variety of conversion kits, rolls like a dream. There's plenty of space for cargo (diaper bags, hydration and snacks for you and the babe, toys) and plenty of passenger space, which comes in handy when you have (ahem) bigger that average kiddos. The sweet suspension system smooths the ride for the passenger, while an adjustable handlebar fits parents of all heights. And a rainshield and windows that vent mean your passenger is comfy, no matter what the weather.

Although it’s hard to realize it when you’re in the thick of diapers and sleep training, time rolls at a brisk clip. On Saturday morning, as I watched one mother runner load up her double stroller and infant while she soothed her overtired, crying toddler, I knew for certain that I don’t want to physically go back to those days. But mentally? I’m there a couple times a week, singing along with my pal Justin.

We’ve got two Thule Chariot Cougar 2 and 2 jogging conversion kits to give away (each worth nearly $850!). One will go to a mother runner who attended a party in Carlsbad, Orlando, Memphis, Charleston, Charlotte, or Raleigh and signed up to win.

The other Cougar 2  will go to a reader who answers this question below in the comments: What kid song holds a special place in your heart? 

[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. It begins on 4/10/14 and ends on 4//16/14; the winner will be announced on 4/19/14. One entry per person. The value of each prize is roughly $850. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law. 

 

 

 

358 responses to “Hump Day Giveaway: Thule Chariot Cougar 2 (x 2!)

  1. I have two songs that holds a special place in my heart. When my twins were newborns, I made up a song for each while feeding, soothing, or rocking them. My son’s song is called, “Handsome Haydn” and my daughter’s is, “Princess Rylee”. They might not be great songs and I know I don’t sing them good, but they are our songs. At age 2, it still brings comfort to both of them..and me, too 🙂

  2. It may be current but, Let it Go will always hold a special place in my heart. My daughter acts out the motions and dramatic pauses. This movie aligned with her explosion of imaginative thinking. Three years old is the best!

  3. If You’re Happy and You Know. My now 4 yr old and both of my 16 month olds, just light up when we sing this song and instantly & thankfully stop their crying.

  4. The good old classic You Are My Sunshine. When I was pregnant with my son whose chances of surviving birth and the early months weren’t very good, and his “quality of life” if he did survive wasn’t expected to be much better, I found myself constantly humming it. When I would sit outside in the sun and let the warmth hit my belly, he always jumped around so much in the sun! He was-and so gratefully still is-such a ray of sunshine in my life!

  5. My favorite is “love you to the Moon”. After my first daughter was born, i played the new lullaby cd we bought and heard it the first time. I started crying immediately. I’ve sung it to all my girls along with a lullaby I made for each of them. My mom suggested I sing the same song so they can remember. The oldest, 4 and 2.5 both know their song and song along with me

  6. We sing songs every night while nursing in the rocking chair. My daughter loves Baa Baa Black Sheep and Twinkle Twinkle. One time the teacher played these classics in music class, and she shouted out, “boobie in the rocking chair!” Yep, just like when you’re getting boobie in the rocking chair!

  7. My daughter is 3 and just recently started singing every song she can absorb, but the first one I heard her belt out was “Let it Go”. I will forever hold a special place in my heart for the sound of that tiny little of key voice belting out such a girl power song at the top of her lungs!! I know that song will lock the memory of this age in my mind forever and I will always be grateful.

  8. In an effort to make my child bilingual I played a variety of Bollywood music to him and he sings the songs very sweetly.. Till you translate them and he singing about a drunken night at the club..at least it’s in hindi and most won’t understand!!

  9. Lovely, Love My Family by The Roots. With two kids of two and five years, we watch a lot of Gabba. I just always love this song when it comes on, and my daughter loves to sing along.

  10. Uhmm, yeah. I have three kids aged 8, 2 and 10 months and I don’t know any of these kid friendly artists you all speak of….Serious bad mom! My favorites to share with my kids are old Beatle songs, I prefer the album the Revolver….but I look forward to checking out this Raffi and Laurie Berkner Band…seems to be quite popular!!!!

  11. “Wheels on the Bus” was a favorite for our family, mostly because it allowed us to keep our oldest happy while hiking. As long as we were singing, that toddler was pretty content to stay in the hiking backpack rather than demand our immediate return to the car. After we exhausted the usual set of verses, it turned into an Old MacDonald-themed bus, where the monkeys on the bus went “ooo, ooo, ah!” and so on. Then my husband and I would amuse ourselves by coming up with less common animals and actions or sounds they would make on the bus…we could probably string that song out for a good 10-20 minutes. (Unsurprisingly, Old MacDonald’s Farm, when we got to that one, contained a surprising number of zoo and wild animals also….) Our younger child, thankfully, did not require nearly as much singing to happily ride in the backpack at the same age, but there were definitely a few times where we were “that family,” belting out kids music as we hiked in the mountains. At least it kept the bears and mountain lions away.

  12. My mom actually wrote songs for each of us as kids and now has written one for each grandchild. She sends them to the library of congress to copyright them, etc. Mine is about cottonwoods. I love it. It is beautiful, totally mine, and tied to where I grew up.

  13. The kid song that means the most to me is “you are my sunshine”. My mother sang it to me as a babe, and now I get te privilege of singing it to my little guy – or, the extra special joy of having grandma in town to sing all the extra verses to both her grown up baby and her grand baby.

  14. Anything by Raffi – I listened to him when I was wee, and now my daughter loves him. Specifically, “Five Green & Speckled Frogs” – this one helps at bath time when we lay her down in the tub to rinse her hair – as long as I sing it, she relaxes and lets go 🙂 And really, that’s when my best runs happen – when I relax & let go!

  15. Rainbow Connection! I tear up every time I hear that song…especially when it is sung by Kermit! That was my kindergarten graduation song. I’m 34 years old and I still remember the rainbow striped dress with tie around bow and graduation cap made from a plate and bowl with a blue yarn tassel. “Someday we’ll find it the rainbow connection, lovers, dreamers and me” was also my senior quote in high school. This song is even more special now that i have a son in kindergarten. Makes me excited (and a little sad that they are growing up so fast) for what the future holds for our family.

  16. Pretty much all of the music from The Little Mermaid. My sisters and I watched that movie on repeat for a few years when we were little.

  17. My mom wrote a lullaby for me when I was born. Even though she can’t sing, she recorded herself singing it and gave me a CD copy before I left for college in case I got homesick. I did not appreciate it back then but now that I have my own kids, I love having it.

  18. Every night my 3 year old son asks me to sing “sunshine” (You are My Sunshine). He has started to sing with me. I love that it comforts him. When I’ve been out of town, my husband has had to hold the phone to his ear so I could sing and settle him down. My youngest son is now enjoying it too. I think it relaxes me now as much them!

  19. “I Really Love to Dance” from The Laurie Berkner Band. It just has such a great upbeat tempo and my kids love to dance all around the house!

  20. The song Baby Mine from Dumbo can always bring a tear to my eye. But my favorite is and has always been the Baby Road tape (yes, I had the tape…). It is an instrumental lullaby version of Beatles songs. Oh man I feel nostalgic just writing about it!
    But my confession is that I love running to The Fresh Beat Band songs! So upbeat and peppy!

  21. I love Raindrop Pop by Bobs & Lolo … I live in Vancouver, BC and the rain is an almost daily presence year round. I’d love to win a Chariot!

  22. You are my Sunshine
    my family used to tell me I was there little ray of sunshine. And I too, told my baby cousins then my nieces and now my kids that they are my little rays of sunshine and light up my life. And I would sing the song to them, in a horribly off key and cat-in-heat-with-its-tail-stuck-in-the-door kinda sound (not deliberately, that’s just how I sound when I sing)
    When I started writing a blog I picked a title that told the world I am now the mother of my own little rays of sunshine

  23. You are my sunshine
    My grandmother gave me a magnet that would play that & I sang that to my boys when they were little while changing their diapers. I still sing it to them some mornings as I wake them up…in my really bad singing voice.

  24. For the longest time our fave mommy/baby running song was “The Doc McStuffins Theme Song.” My sweet toddler loves to sing along, but as of late, it seems like our fave play list is from Frozen… How many mother runners don’t just love “Let it Go”?! It is just precious hearing my sweet girl sing “gooooo” and it fuels my fire to keep on truckin!

  25. ‘Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree’….it’s a children’s song in my church. You can’t sing it and NOT do the actions!
    PS – If I win this, I’m giving it to my younger sister. She has littles and could really use this. My teenagers would just give me the stink-eye if I crammed them into the stroller. Especially my 6-foot-tall 15-year-old son.

  26. We listen to a lot of Raffi and like “Down by the Bay”. The mother asks such silly questions we have lots of giggles listening and singing along.

  27. Oh so many – I love Laurie Berkner’s “I’m Gonna Catch You, You Better Run” – squeals of delight from my almost 4-year-old every time we find it in a playlist. Also, pretty much anything from Sesame Street – “C is for Cookie” is of course a classic – and anything Disney. 🙂

  28. This is so cheesy, but the song “Rise and Shine” from Sofia the First totally made me well up with tears of pride and joy just today. So much so that I am slyly adding it to my playlist for my first half marathon coming up this weekend. The lyrics say, “I’m at the starting line, and I know deep down that it will all be fine, because I’m gonna rise and shine!”

  29. Current favorite at our house is “Cricket the King” by Caspar Babypants – sweet little song and my toddler knows all the words by heart.

  30. Baby Beluga! It’s our spending time together song! “Is the water warm, is your mommy home, are you so happy?”

  31. I my goodness we so need to win this! My favourite songs in my childhood were ones that my Dad would play, Cats in the Cradle- Cat Steven’s, , Hallelujuah- Leonard Coen, Rasputin- Boney M and anything by Dire Straits.

  32. My mom always sings “las ojitas” which means the leafs in Spanish and all
    The kids love it and they put their hands up in the air and get so exited when ever we sing it to them. My daughter specially loves it! :))

  33. It’s pretty current, but listening to my big girls (10, 7 & 4) sing Let It Go to their new baby sister melted my heart.

  34. “Hush little baby” is the song I sang to my twins when they were infants. It always calmed them quickly and holds a special place in my heart. Now that they are toddlers, I imagine our runs together will be filled with something a bit more upbeat, like Caspar Babypants!

  35. I love listening to the Disney classics while running with my son (9 months old)! My favorites have to be The Lion King and Tarzan (which I remember listening to with my mom on road trips).

  36. The bumblebee song is special to me. It was the first song my son learned (motions too!) and sang to me. My Mommy heart melted.

  37. I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas…. For whatever reason, when my 11 month old is having a meltdown during meals, this song calms him down. So two weeks ago I was pushing him during a 5K and he started howling at the turnaround. Not knowing what to do I started singing the song even though it wasn’t mealtime. Sure enough, he calmed down as long as I was singing. Try adding singing to breath control during a race!!

  38. Definitely “Oh by the way…” by Joe Scruggs. My siblings and I wore that cassette out. I need to find a digital copy for my kids.

  39. Oh wow!! This would be so amazing to win, as I am going to be a first time mom in August!! I definitely want to keep running, and value the opinion in the stroller! I don’t know that I have a favorite childhood song, but I know that it has taken studying the Old Testament as an adult to finally understand “Father Abraham” and why he has many sons!!

  40. I have always sung church hymns to my kids to get them to sleep. The one my little three year old asks me for every night is “mother tell me the stories of Jesus”. A non religious song that my kids and I have loved is “three little monkeys swinging in a tree”. That has been a favorite of all 5 of my kids.

  41. “I love you, a bushel and a peck”. Don’t actually know if it’s a children’s song, but my m always sang it to me so I filed it as one. 🙂

  42. “La Bella Lavanderina” is my favorite song for two reasons. It reminds me of my homeland, Italy; also, my son likes to play with the clean laundry. The song is all about the beautiful lady who does the laundry.

  43. It’s hard for me to choose one song. But one of my favorites is called “We’re Going to be Friends”. Makes me smile every time I hear it. 🙂

  44. I am not sure of the exact name, but we always call it “The turtle song.” Just a catchy little silly song about a turtle in a bathtub that eats the soap. Bubble bubble pop!!

  45. My mother used to sing “Bushel and a Peck” from the Broadway Musical Guys and Dolls. We sing it to our girls every night! (not specifically a kid song, but a song that reminds me of my childhood)

  46. “Ladybug Picnic”. I didn’t realize I could sing the entire song (learned in my own childhood) until my daughter made a comment about ladybugs when she was two. Like most kid songs, it’s goofy and upbeat.

  47. A song that holds a special place in my “running” heart is “we built this city”. It makes me think of all the places I’ve traveled to, the dreams I’ve had, and where I want to go. It’s a motivational song for me!

  48. My husband and I are both big Disney fans- so ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ from The Lion King is one of our favorite songs to dance to together 🙂

  49. I love a song that my mom frequently sang to me at bedtime. She also performed it at a special recital for me when I was in second grade. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of the song!

  50. For me a song that always takes me back to childhood is Peter, Paul and Mary’s “Puff the Magic Dragon.” I have very vivid memories of sitting quietly on the floor with my mom while she played the steel string guitar (the same guitar my dad bought her at 19!) and sang. Every time I hear it somewhere I can hear her singing it.

  51. The Dinosaur March by Laurie Berkner – my kiddos love this interactive song and I love to play along with them. It always takes me back to when my son was an infant and we had the opportunity to do story time regularly at our local library. My daughter used to get so excited to end storytime with this fun song!

  52. You are my sunshine. It’s a song I’ve sung to all of my four kiddos and it’s now the theme for our littlest baby’s room, a baby who would love to rock the runs in this new stroller! Come on, no whammies, mama wants a new stroller!!

  53. Rock around the clock – I’m not sure why and I don’t even know the correct lyrics. Our own set of lyrics have evolved over time. I have to be careful of singing those in public. But it is a song my 19 month old always smiled at when he was a baby and now his new little brother is doing the same . . .

  54. When my oldest son was two, he was obsessed with Johnny Cash, especially the song Ring of Fire. It always brings me back to those days.

  55. “This little light of Mine”- It was one of my favorites when I was a kid and it’s one of my kids favorites now. I think there are certain songs that make your heart melt when you here little kids innocent little voices sing them and this is one that I love to hear my kids sing.

  56. Loved your post! And speaking of Laurie Berkner….I have to say that good old “Victor Vito” stands as a favorite for my 2 big boys (now almost 9 and almost 10!). We have sung that song hundreds of times, and now they like to hear me sing it to their two young sisters (1 and 2). it’s especially fun because they boys love to cook with me now and that song is all about food. Love it!

  57. not sure if it totally qualifies as a “children’s song” but Let it Go is totally one of my power songs. running to it in the winter just gave me strength:) always in my heart!

  58. As soon as I heard “You’ll be in my heart” by Phil Collins on the Tarzan soundtrack I fell in love with it. Now that I’ve had my kiddos it means so much more. I always tear up when I hear it, especially if I’m holding one of them.

  59. “Jesus Loves Me”—I started singing this song to my oldest son almost 5 years ago, and continue to sing it every night for my 3 kids. My heart melts when I hear my kids singing it on their own when they are playing Legos or having a bath.

  60. The new song “happy” from Despicable Me is amazing. It’s such a simple yet powerful message. The music video is a bunch of people just letting loose and dancing. Does it get any better? It also makes an awesome running song…especially when you are pushing your kids in style in the Thule Chariot Cougar!!!!!

    Because I’m happy!!!

  61. Don’t know if it’s technically a kid song, but every time I hear A Thousand Years by Christina Perry I melt. After a painful struggle with infertility, this song would pop into my Pandora lullaby mix as I rocked my baby to sleep. Just hearing the words, I have loved you for a thousand years/I’ll love you for 1000 more, brings tears to my eyes. I waited so long to hold this baby.

    My baby is now a toddler, too busy to want mama to rock him to sleep. Already time is moving too fast.

  62. I sing the chorus from ‘I believe I can fly’ to my kids when they are crying or as a part of a group of songs if I am rocking them to sleep. They calm down immediately and stop crying. Love them!

  63. Twinkle always calmed my kids down when they were babies and toddlers but I’ve actually always been partial to Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly) – I just think it’s a lovely melody. My kindergartener learned it in music this year and really liked it and was excited when he realized I know it too.

  64. I had a record when I was a kid of personalized songs sung by Captain Kangaroo. (Wow, so many things about that sentence date me!) My favorite song that I can still belt out today is called “Heather’s party.” Lyrics to this ditty include:

    What do we have at Heather’s party? We have ice cream.
    What do we have at Heather’s party? We have ice cream.
    What do we have at Heather’s party? We have ice cream.
    Happy birthday Heather. Your birthday is today.

  65. Will.i.Am singing with the Sesame gang! I love singing it to my son but its also a great running anthem: “If what I am is what’s in me then I’ll stay strong, that’s who I’ll be, and I will always be the best me that I can be. Theres only one me, I am it. Have a dream I’ll follow it. It’s up to me to try. Oh, gonna keep my head up high. Keep on reaching high. Never gonna quit, just keep getting stronger. Nothing’s going to bring me down, never gonna stop gotta go…I’ll keep getting stronger.” So catchy and motivational!

  66. Edelweiss. We’ve been singing it to our son Liam every night since he was born (and he just turned 1). It is simple and puts a smile on my face every time I hear it. Thank you, Christopher Plummer, for doing such a lovely job singing this song in the Sound of Music.

  67. “Chocolate Moose on the Loose” – I usually don’t run with headphones since I have to run mainly on the street vs sidewalks/trails…. Well, on a training run in blustery January, that Chocolate Moose on the Loose song was on constant repeat in my head. And it made me think about chocolate – another motivating factor 🙂

  68. This is an AWESOME giveaway! I’ve put many miles on our old jogger and would love the chance to upgrade!
    For both of my daughters (4.5 and 3 months) I made up little songs for them while up at 3 am during those early feedings and hours-long rocking sessions. The songs are short, silly, and rhyme, but they’re ours and oh-so-very-loved. My older daughter still likes me to sing her song for her sometimes before bed.

  69. “Woke Up This Morning” by Tory Christensen on his Wiggle Like a Fish album. This song has gotten me through many a run, ride, hike and drive with my kiddos. When their stamina sags, I start singing this and we buzz/humm/sing together. The time flies by.

  70. “Glad to Have a Friend Like You” by Marlo Thomas from Free to Be You and Me. Just hearing the opening notes still makes me smile and want to find someone to put my arm around, on even the worst day.

  71. “You are my Sunshine” after 4 boys, I had a princess! She wants me to sing this song to her every night. She truly is so many’s sunshine . She lights up a room and loves hugs and talking to older people. She is sunshine!

  72. Jesus Loves Me. My kids have learned to sing this from an early age and there is just something super adorable about those tiny little voices singing “They are weak, but He is STRONG!”

  73. My favorite song is “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast. It’s that opening number where everyone is saying Bonjour! I’ve known the words by heart for years. My little sister (10 years younger than me) was addicted to Disney, so I did a lot of entertaining her that way. And now Beauty and the Beast is my son’s favorite story. So we read the book and watch the movie at least once a week. He likes it that Mommy can see along with the movie. 🙂

  74. You Are My Sunshine will be my all-time favorite kids song. I am by no means gifted with sweet sounding vocal cords, but for some reason all 3 of my children (ages 5, 4 and 1) have always loved for me to sing it to them. I had to alter the words slightly so that they knew that I had 3 sunshines (we can’t leave anyone out). There is such a sweet smile and a relaxing disposition that comes over my babies when I start to sing this tune for them. 🙂

  75. Lullaby, especially the version sung by Jewel. It’s absolutely beautiful and brings back not too distant memories of holding all three in my arms when they were just babies. Our favorite fun song is by Justin Roberts – my brother did it!

  76. My 3 year olds’ favorite song is “Old McDonald Had A Farm” and for every animal she will still make the Moo Moo here and a Moo Moo there for what animal it is. She laughs after she has sang it because she knows the animals make different sounds.

  77. Wheels on the bus, my family used to sing it all the time. I now sing to my lil guy as we run and change the lyrics to. Runner on the road… I’m the crazy mom running around town singing to the baby 🙂

  78. “William Wants a Doll” sung by Alan Alda on the Free to Be You and Me album. We listened to that album all the time when we were little. Such good life lessons in that album!

  79. “Frere Jacques” It reminds me of my mom singing to me and my brother John and my kids love it when I sing it with their names . (I don’t speak a word of French so I used to feel very sophisticated singing in a forgein language even though I didn’t know what it meant!)

  80. “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”–it was the song I used to sing to my son when he was a baby and I would rock him at night before putting him down to sleep. He’s almost 6 and he still asks me to sing it to him every night before bed 🙂

  81. “You are My Sunshine” – I used to sing it to my oldest when she was still in my tummy and now I sing it to her (4) and my 2 year old every night at bedtime 🙂 Not only do they sing along, but they sing it to their baby dolls and to each other. I know one day they will sing their kids to sleep with it! Making lots of great memories 🙂

  82. This would be fantastic. We’re hoping to have our 8 month old grandson (our first grandbaby!) here for several months, over the spring & summer, and a good outdoor stroller is a necessity. This would be a great model – my husband is over 6’6″, and most strollers are too short for him to push comfortably.

  83. I began singing “Somewhere OVer the Rainbow” to my oldest when I was pregnant…it’s still the song that calms her down when she’s upset. And now that I have 2 girls…it melt my heart when all 3 of us now sing it as part if our bedtime routine.

  84. With a 2 year old and baby on the way, we’re still in the thick of kids’ songs. However, my son does prefer Phillip Phillips to any kids music. Of all the Disney tv we watch, I prefer the Imagination Movers’ songs. And Mickey Mouse’s hotdog song always gets us all up to dance around the living room.

  85. There’s a song we sing in the Primary program at our church called I Am a Child of God. I have sung it as a lullaby to all 4 of my kids and it’s a good reminder to me that even when I’m so ready for them to be asleep at the end of the day, they are God’s children first and deserve to be treated as such. Some days that’s easier than others! Ha!

  86. “The man on the flying trapeze” My mom sang it to me when she would push me on the swing. Now I sing it to my kids when I push them on the swings. I love that!

    I also have a made up special song for each of my children that I sing to them at bedtime. I hope it makes them feel special.

  87. You are My Sunshine! It’s little girl’s bedtime song and she’s started singing it to me whenever she gets sleepy!

  88. I love “I Really love to Dance” by the Laurie Berkner Band. My kids, from almost 2 to 8 just love dancing!

  89. Hush little baby. I sang that while rocking both of my kids to sleep every night as babies. On nights that he is really tired, my son still asks me to sing it. 🙂

  90. My favourite childhood song is “You are my sunshine”. My daughter and I often sing it and she often turns it into a rap. It always brighten her day and it is fun watching her rap along and express her creative side while we rock out to a little You are my sunshine!

  91. “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” is special to me because my son can sign (as in American Sign Language) the whole song. At almost 3, he has yet to speak his first word due to having Down syndrome and a subsequent speech delay. I love to watch him sign his way through the song because it reminds me that even though he can’t talk, he still listens, understands, and loves the same things that other kids do: things like silly kids songs!

  92. We can listen to Peanut Butter and Jelly by Rob Newhouse over and over… My now almost 4 year old son still pauses and waits for the loud burp part. He laughs hysterically with himself! You can never get enough of those deep down belly laughs from your babies.

  93. “It’s a Small World” is a childhood favorite of mine. I didn’t visit any Disney theme parks until I was 31, so I had never experienced the ride, but we had a book and an old record that I’d play over and over. I still love the song and the message!

  94. I wrote my daughter a lullaby when she reached 24 weeks of gestation – the age of viability. It was a scary pregnancy, and it was when I first began to have hope and belief that she would join our family. I still sing it to her at night, five years later. “The sheep are all sleeping, they’re down for the night, and Madeleine is nestled, in Mom’s arms held tight. Her eyelids are heavy, her cares float away, there’s no room for worry today…” It still brings tears to my eyes.

  95. hands down, You Are My Sunshine, the Elizabeth Mitchell version. My youngest’s middle name is Sunshine so it has a double meaning in our family. <3

  96. “you are my sunshine”. I sing it to my daughter at night . When she sings along I always tear up.

  97. This is going to be corny but the disney theme that used to come on when the movies would start… I dont know if they still play it as my kids are still little but when i hear it it makes me smile.

  98. Our “kids songs,” since the day our oldest was born, have been from Needtobreathe. Lee loves “Lay Em Down” and asks for it whenever she is upset or sleeping.

  99. We have a kids CD and I’m not sure what the song name is we just call it “boom boom”. Part of the chorus is: “Boom, boom ain’t it great to be crazy.” My girls and I have choreographed (as well as a 18mo and 3 yr old can choreograph) the whole thing. They’ll bust it out acapella at random times–I find it most helpful while I’m halfway up a hill, as all I can do is smile and think: this IS crazy and it IS great! 🙂

  100. From Mary Poppins – Spoon Full of Sugar. My daughter is a performer and always makes us smile and this is one of the first songs she even had a dance routine for.

  101. “Take me out to the Ballgame” we sang this to our oldest in the hospital when we realized we didn’t know any kids songs..it was August and baseball season so we figured it worked. Go Twins!!!

  102. Sound Of Music Soundtrack. I Listened To It On Cassette Tape In My Room As A Child, And Now My Littles Have Grown To Love Some Of The Songs Too, Which Is So Fun! Love It!

  103. Twinkle twinkle little star! I sang it to my daughter,and she sings it to my son now! Love hearing her sing to him!

  104. I always love itsy bitsy spider! it was a song my mother sang to me everyday when I was a kid and it always reminds me of her.

  105. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. My 3-year-old has been singing this since he could talk. We sing it every night before bed and hear it a few times on the monitor. Now he makes up new verses (“twinkle twinkle little refrigerator”). His 20-month old sister is now joining in and repeating “twinkle, twinkle, twinkle, twinkle.”

  106. A nonsense song I made up for my son- “Who’s the bubbidiest Bub I know? Bub-bub! Who’s the boy who puts on a show? Bub-bub!”

    It’s a wonder I didn’t have a career in songwriting! He thought it was wonderful, of course, and still does.

  107. “Bicycle Built for Two,” or at least the tune, is very special to me. When my son, Joshua, was a newborn, I wrote a song for him using that tune. I now have verses for his sisters, Alétheia and Seraiah, and Alétheia sings it to Seraiah nearly every day.

  108. Not necessarily a kid song, but Rainbow Connection is our special song. Even cuter now she knows the words and sings along with me.

  109. Twinkle twinkle little star. I remember it as a child and just loved singing my daughter to sleep when she was an infant. Sigh… makes me want to do it all over again.

  110. Hush little Baby….my 3.5 year old just asked me to sing it again to her tonight! She sang along and rubbed my arm affectionately. I used to sing it to both my daughters (5.5 and 3.5) every night after
    I nursed. Warmed my heart right up after a LONG day!

  111. The Zoo Song! By Peter, Paul and mommy. It was my favorite song as a child, and my boys love it’s silliness. Guaranteed to make a cranky pants into a sweet bundle of fun. Also helps that there are tons of funny sounds in it.

  112. Baby Beluga- I have sang it to all my boys, as I rock them to sleep. I currently sing it to my little one. Everytime I hear it, it reminds me of rocking my babies.

  113. Five Little Monkeys! Not only was this my fav but my two year old gets a kick out of it. There is a little stuffed monkey at Cracker Barrel that sings and dances to it. We love it!

  114. My three year old loves Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer… It doesn’t matter what time of year it is 🙂 It kind of makes me laugh every time she asks us to sing it (which is a lot, and it’s the requested bed time song every night)!

  115. You Are My Sunshine- I sang it, in my amazingly terrible voice, to my babies as infants and all the kids (7,6,4, and 19 months) still have to have “their song” sung by mom before bed at night! My voice hasn’t improved a bit.

  116. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star…. When my husband married my daughter and I (yes he married US), my daughter requested our flower girls walk down the aisle to Twinkle Twinkle. Since we had 8, we got to hear verses we’d never heard before. It still makes me smile remembering those sweet little girls and the smiles from everyone in the crowd!

  117. You are my sunshine is my first daughters “song”. It’s the song I’ve been singing her at night since she was born. I know it’s a sad song but I still love it. Reminds me I’d nursing her when she was a little baby. Now she’s 6 years old. Time flies.

  118. We make up songs now that my daughter is 4. My favorite is When she sings to her 4 month old sister. “Claire Claire she don’t care, she doesn’t wear any under…. Pants!”

  119. The Wheels on the Bus is a favorite with my youngest. We’ve taken to making up verses about family & friends that she names. For example : the dad on the bus says let’s go run, the papa on the bus says let’s get ice cream, the MeMaw on the bus says where’s my cat, etc. My daughter then breaks into giggles before saying & signing, “MORE!”:)

  120. Silly but Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is near and dear to my heart… it is the only song my daughter would go to sleep to! Any day now that same girl will be delivering me my first grandchild and I look forward to singing that to him too!

    And boy would it be nice to have one of those strollers to take him with me on my runs and for her when she goes hiking!!!

  121. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. We started singing this every night when my daughter was an infant. She is 3 now and we all sing it together before bed.

  122. Two kids songs. “Five Green Speckled Frogs” and “I see
    The moon”. These two songs were the only thing that would calm my daughter down from crying as a baby. We sang these songs for hours. Sometimes I would have to sing them over and over for 30 minutes! She songs them now to here baby brother. Love!!

  123. You Are My Sunshine – Though it’s a bit of a sad song, it always gives me the warm fuzzies. “You make me happy when skies are grey” is the perfect reminder of why we all do what we do. Whether it’s just a crazy, hectic day or one of my darkest moments, singing that line with a child asleep next to me instantly pulls me out of any funk.

  124. Puff the Magic Dragon-
    My mom sang it to me when I was a kid and I always cried “stop, stop” before she got to the part where “Jackie came no more” It made me SO sad!!! As an adult I discovered Hanalei, HI where the song is based and fell in love with it all over again. I still can’t sing it to my own kids because I get sad when Jackie grows up and stops coming to see Puff 🙂

  125. I sang “Sweet Baby James” by James Taylor to my son while I was pregnant (substituting James for his name, Ben), and after he was born it was still the best song to calm him down and get him to sleep.

  126. “Puff the Magic Dragon” still makes me cry when I hear it. My dad used to sing it to me, and now I sing it with my kids. I will say though that these days, any song from Frozen is what does it for my kids. I have lost track of how many times each day I hear “Let It Go!”

  127. “Jesus Loves Me”
    I sang it to my now 3 year old moments after she was born. I now sing it to her each night as I tuck her in and tell her the story of singing it to her when she was first born.

  128. “Gummy Bears bouncing here and there and everywhere……” My dad is very practical, ruined movies with things like “that would never happen”. Cartoons were never really his thing either. I do remember, however, him saying how much he loved this theme song to Gummy bears, because it was an actual good song, not just jibberish 🙂
    I loved the cartoon and the song as well, so it stuck with me 🙂

  129. Hush Little Baby Don’t Say a Word–I sang this to all three of my kids and never sang it again until I spontaneously sang it to my first little grand baby.

  130. One my mother wrote and sang to me. I now sing it to my little one. My heart goes ring a ding a ding a ding a ding – with the love I have for Sarah – she’s so sweet so sweet so sweet – and she brings me so much joy…

  131. My oldest used to love “I love trash” from Sesame Street and we would have it on repeat over and over…it was a lifesaver many times!

  132. I’d have loved one of these when I had little twin boys,
    but they’re in kindergarten now. I’ll put my name in the hat and donate it to a mom who needs it if I win.

    fav kids song? Istanbul (my kids loved it!)

  133. My daughters favorite these days is by Crowder “I Am” very time that comes on she stops everything and starts to dance 🙂

  134. Bigger by Stacey Peasley – a local children’s musician. It’s all about how much bigger, taller and stronger kids get and when I sing the lyrics it’s a happy reminder of how quickly your babies become big kids.

  135. “Itsy Bitsy Spider” is it for me. Hearing my 3 year old sing it melts my heart!! Also, and very randomly, the movie “Heartburn” is very nostalgic for me (for no apparent reason) and at the end, when Meryl’s character leaves Jack Nicholson with her children and Carly Simon’s “Coming around again” plays, she does “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and that scene as seriously stuck with me for as long as I can remember.

  136. I love down by the bay. I sang it with my family as a child and now I sing it with July little boys. We take turns when in the car finishing the end. They come up with the funniest things!

  137. “You Are My Sunshine.” I sang it over and over to my little guy when he was in the hospital after heart surgery as an infant. Also, “This Little Light of Mine,” which I changed to, “This little boy of mine, I’m gonna watch him shine.” (Makes me teary to think about it!)

  138. so it’s not really a kids song…but the Star Wars theme song tops my list of instant childhood awesomeness! I find myself “singing” it to my daughter when she gets fussy and it makes her giggle every time. Probably because it’s easy to be extra dramatic while “singing” it. do dee dooddee do dooooo dee do de do dooooddee, duh-duh-duh-duhhhhhhh.

  139. I have a special place in my hear for “rain rain go away”. My little one sings it not only when it is raining but seems to somehow know when mommy needs the metaphorical ” rain” to go away.

  140. “Beautiful Boy” by John Lennon! My husband would sing that to our son when it was his turn to put him down at night. He would hold and rock him and it was a beautiful sight!
    I told my husband that will be the song he will have to sing to our son on his wedding day.

  141. “Down by the Bay”…ya know have you ever seen a bear combing his hair? Down by the bay lol. My grandma used to always sing it to be and now with 3 little ones i catch myself singing all the time. The kids look at me like im crazy though.

  142. It’s silly and saccharin, but rock-a-by-baby reminds me of lulling my tiny baby to sleep, and she sings it now to put her dolls and animals to sleep too!

  143. I remember my mother singing “You are My Sunshine” from childhood. I sang it to my newborn while he was in the womb and it was the first song I sang to him when he was born last week.
    Week.

  144. my kids have been singing “dont worry, about anything, instead pray, about everything. tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done for you” (i cant even type it without singing it in my head) its a great reminder as my husband ob searches, we talk about selling our home and moving, and work on adopting. all at the same time. “dont worry, just pray. dont worry, just pray.”

  145. I don’t believe it qualifies as a kid song, but Katy Perry’s Roar is on heavy rotation in our house. My 4.5 year old daughter loves it and it’s one of the first non-kid songs we belt at the top of our lung in the car.

  146. TMBG for my four year old. Nothing like knowing he’s woken up from his car nap on a road trip by having him spontaneously bellow “L-I-T-E” from the back seat…

  147. I’m on Team Raffi all the way, although I will say I embarrassed myself numerous times in college by saying Raffi when I meant roofie. Not that I was roofie-ing anyone or being roofied, but when the word came up “Baby Beluga” would always get stuck in my head.

  148. My oldest son was a huge fans of the Wiggles. Anytime I hear Big Red Car I am transported back 10 years to when he was small. I wised up and learned with the next three kids to pick their shows and songs more wisely. 😉

  149. I have two. My favorite childhood song memory is of my daddy singing “Amazing Grace” to me at night. I can’t wait to sing it to my baby (due 10/2014!). My other favorite kid song is “A You’re Adorable.” We used to sing that sooo many times when I was small.

  150. I love the Rainbow Connection. My son was/is not great about going to bed so I would sing it over and over while rocking him or rubbing his back. My daughter is the total opposite and falls asleep before I get to the chorus.

  151. I love the poem “Moon Song” by Mildred Plew Meigs. My mom would always read it to me in a sing-song voice and this just sparked my remembrance of it and I can’t believe I haven’t sang it to my munchkin yet!

  152. Right now ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams from the Despicable Me 2 Soundtrack has been on repeat. This song is so peppy and fun and just gets me going! You honestly cannot be gloom or unmotivated when you listen to this song. The best part is that I can crank it up in the car and all the kids love to dance and sing along too!

  153. Raffi’s “Down by the Bay”…my dad would always come up with these crazy additional lyrics/rhymes that would send the three of us kids into a fit of giggles 🙂

  154. “Moon Moon Moon” by the Laurie Berkner Band. It’s consistently been my daughter’s favorite song before bedtime. I’m always glad to sing it because it means we made it through another day with a 3 year old 🙂

  155. Baby Beluga by Raffi. I listened to that song so many times that my brother threw the cassette tape out of the window on a road trip to visit our grandparents in Cincinnati ! Love that song. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  156. My favorite is the night time song I sing to my precious little boy. I sing him”Jesus Tender Shepherd.” It is a song that uses the metaphor of a shepherd being near his lambs in the darkness, blessing them, and keeping them safe until the morning light. It’s just so sweet. This song has been a bedtime prayer in my family for generations! 🙂

  157. “Cousins” by Tom Chapin (or any kid’s song by him). My siblings and cousins and I grew up listening to his music and now I play it for my daughter. This song is still sung when my cousins and I get together.
    “Cousins, cousins here come the boys. Bedlam, mayhem, noise, noise noise. Blow up the air mattresses, hide the breakable toys. Cousins, cousins here come the boys!”

  158. Rainbow Connection is a personal fave. It shows up on the various kid shows, but it still makes me smile and sing along no matter what.

  159. We always sing “I Love You a Bushel and a Peck” and “I Love You forever” (to my own tune) at our son’s bedtime, so those will always be precious songs to me!

  160. I am an elementary school music teacher, so kids songs are my livelihood, lol! There are some great ones out there. But, I think my most nostalgic songs would be the entire Christmas album of John Denver and the Muppets. My dad started listening to that when I was a newborn (I’m a December baby), and then we listened to it through my whole childhood. That album is just plain special.

  161. Our special kiddo song is “I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck”. I sing the line “you make my life a mess, yes a mess of happiness” especially loud because 3 little boys definitely makes for a happy and VERY messy life!

  162. “I See the Light” from Tangled. I always thought it was a good song for a movie but we were watching it with our 2 year old daughter (who LOVES the song) and it made me think about how much my life has changed since she came in to our life and for lack of better words – made us see the light. Now that song brings a little tear to my eye every time we hear it (which is a lot).

  163. “Rainbow Connection” reminds me of the magic, innocence, and dreams kids believe in. You also can’t go wrong with the Muppets :).

  164. Mine is “A Whole New World” from Aladdin. Growing up, that was my favorite Disney movie, and now that I am a mom, my two little girls love it too! My 4 year old even sings the song to me because she knows it’s my favorite!

  165. “You can’t always get what you want” by the Rolling Stones. My mom used to play it for my when I was being a brat. Now that I’m a mom I realize how that was a much better parenting move than yelling. We’ll played, mom.

  166. I love Matthew West’s song “Safe and Sound”. My husband discovered it while we were pregnant with our first little guy, and it became our baby anthem. The first verse sings “I can’t believe you’re here now, tiny dream come true. An answer to a prayer, I’m so in love with you. Couldn’t wait to meet you, hope you like your name. I get the funny feeling, life will never be the same.”
    Our little guys is 2.5 now, and we’re expecting #2 in a month. I still sing this song to our firstborn, and it’s the one song guaranteed to calm and soothe him before bed. Can’t wait to sing it to #2!

  167. Anything from The Might Be Giants. I love the whole “Here Comes the 123’s” album, but I think “7” is my favorite.

    Oh, there’s the doorbell
    Let’s see who’s out there
    Oh, it’s a seven
    Hello, seven
    Won’t you come in, Seven?
    Make yourself at home.

    Hey, who’s that other guy?
    Is that your friend there?
    “Oh, that’s just Seven”
    Another seven
    Hello, Seven
    Won’t you come in as well?
    Now who would like some cake?
    (“I would like some cake.”)
    (“Me too!”)

    What’s that at window?
    A whole bunch of sevens
    They’re coming in now
    And there’s a lot of them
    And down the chimney too
    (“Hey guys, come on in!”)
    I bet they want some cake
    “We want cake! Where’s our cake?”

    My house is full of sevens
    They’re filling up the living room
    Sliding down the banister
    Talking on the telephone
    Inviting over more sevens
    (“It’s a green house at the end of the block”)
    I’m running out of cake.
    “We want cake! Where’s our cake?”

    My house is full of sevens
    “We want cake! Where’s our cake?”
    Lots and lots of sevens
    “We want cake! Where’s our cake?”
    Many more are stopping by
    Sevens add and multiply
    There’s only way to subtract them:
    Let them eat up all the cake

  168. Baa Baa Black Sheep! It was my favorite as a toddler and I made my aunt sing it endlessly. She loves to remind me of this. It is now one of my toddler’s favorites!

    Also, this giveaway is amazing. I would be ecstatic to win!

  169. Skinny mirinky Dink, Skinny mirinky do, I love you…. It was my favorite as a child. I remember my mom singing to me, now she does to the grandchildren. It always gives me a smile.

  170. He’s got the whole world in his hands…. It has been both of my children’s bed time songs since they were born and they are now almost 3 and 5. Each night they get to choose who He’s got in his hands and I love hearing who their thinking about each evening. We’ve ha some pretty interesting choices 🙂

  171. My husband and I still can’t hear the words “fruit salad” without breaking out into the Wiggles song by the same name. Pretty silly considering our oldest will be 13 next month. Our youngest, who just turned 3, has introduced us to a whole new world of silly songs.

  172. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I would change the lyrics sometimes to help them drift off to sleep. Such lovely moments…aaahhhh.

  173. Zippety Doo-Dah. My two kids and I sing this song nearly every morning as we are driving in the car on the way to preschool drop-off. We live in sunny LA, so the sun is almost always shining and we have beautiful mornings. It gets the kids (and me) in a good mood and excited for the day ahead.

  174. You are my Sunshine and I’ve been working on the railroad have been my go-to-sleep songs for the kids for 12 years now!

  175. I’ve always been partial to lullabies, especially as my girls have gotten old enough to ask for them (“Sunshine,” “Skeeters,” “Twinkle). However there is one that I can only sing so much — “Baby Mine” from Dumbo. My 4-year-old has struggled medically since birth, and sometimes she has looked very different from other people, like when she needed constant oxygen through a canula, wore a corrective helmet, and now while she heals from cervical spine surgery and wears a halo and vest. When I sing this song to her, I nearly always choke up when I sing “Little one when you play, don’t you mind what they say. Let your eyes sparkle and shine, never a tear, baby of mine.”

  176. When I was little, my parents would always sing “You Are My Sunshine” to us kids. Nowadays, it’s not specifically a “kid song”, but my 3-yr old is obsessed with “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. We jam out to it every single day.

  177. The thing we are currently singing the most to my 19mo is the phrase, “pee-pee in the pot-ty,” but my favorite kids album is Elizabeth Mitchell – Little Seed, songs for children by Woody Guthrie. My daughter got a kick out of “1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8” but my favorite to sing along to her is “who’s my pretty baby”

  178. “Nora’s Room” by Jessica Harper. My daughter Nora is just like the Nora in the song … crash, bang, crash bang boom. Something’s going on in Nora’s room!

  179. “Reach for the Sky” by the Fresh Beat Band. My kids always loved to sing and dance along to it, and I love it too because it has such a inspiring and uplifting message — you can do anything and be anything… the sky’s the limit! I’ve had the song pop up on “shuffle” a few times on a run and it’s even had me running faster and harder! 🙂

  180. Right now it is “What does the fox say?” And I will always think of my 5 year old – even 20 years from now when I hear it.

    But “5 Little Monkeys” would be the one that I know calmed the kid the most when he was young and I plan to pull it out for his 7 month old brother when he gets fussy too. Nice to have sanity savers in my back pocket of experience for the second one!

  181. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for various reasons. One it makes me think of the wonder of childhood and the magic of rainbows. The second reason this is my favorite song is that it reminds me of a beautiful tribute to ‘angel babies’ , babies who die in utero or are born early and cannot survive. As a labor and delivery nurse who takes care of these heart broken mama’s and precious babies, I like to think these little loves are indeed somewhere over the rainbow.

  182. “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
    My 2 year old sings this song with me every night while he gets sleepy in bed. I was terrified that it would break my heart when he ever stopped nursing and we would lose that special close time, but we transitioned into this wonderful song and he rubs my face until he drifts off. Lucky for us, he stopped nursing just in time for baby #2 due in June!

  183. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. My sister and I used to sing it all of the time growing up, and now my two boys sing it non stop. It brings back memories every time I hear their cute little voices belt it out.

  184. You are my sunshine. My son likes me to sing him a song before he goes to sleep and this is one he requests often. After a long day of parenting, singing this song reminds me that as hard a day as it was my kids really are my sunshine.

  185. Since my daughter was little we’ve loved “Jumping Bean” by a friend of mine, Michelle Bloom. “J-j-j-j-j-j-j-jumping bean. I spin around & touch the ground & start to sing. Like a pogo stick I just can’t quit, Im a little jumping bean!” Hours of jumping & singing together!! I originally learned it when I volunteered @ summer camp when I was 13 & I love that now I can sing it with my little ones! (Even if it is on a casette in my car)

  186. “Sometimes you just gotta yell and scream”. LOL! It’s not as bad as it sounds! It’s part of the “Safety Kids” music series that teaches kids personal safety. “Sometimes you just gotta yell and scream” is about what to do if someone tries to do something to you that they shouldn’t.

    “Sometimes you just gotta yell and scream
    Sometimes it’s the only thing to do
    Noisy as a firetruck
    You just gotta open up
    and get the crowd’s attention turned to you”

    Love it!

  187. So many great kid songs! Twinkle Twinkle is a great one, it was the song that my mom sung to me when I was little and I sing it to my daughter before she goes to bed.

  188. Laurie Berkner’s “Moon Moon Moon” is my favorite kids’ song. I discovered Laurie’s music when I had my first child, and all three of my kids have sung this song with me in the car at one time or another. Thanks for the opportunity!

  189. Hands down “You Are My Sunshine”! It’s my baby’s favorite song. Sitting at Children’s Hospital while she is in surgery so just thinking of this song brings tears to my eyes!! Can’t wait to sing it to her!!

  190. Any Norah Jones song especially when she hits the higher notes. My dad was blind and loved her voice. He would always talk about her voice. I lost my dad unexpectedly 4 years ago. To this day when ever I miss him (which is every second) but like REALLY miss him I put on her music and it relaxes me and puts me in a good memory of him. After he passed away running was my way to get away from the pain and I loved it when my Pandora shuffle would get to a Norah Jones song. And seriously who doesn’t love Norah Jones!

  191. I love the Johnny Cash song “My Grandfather’s Clock”, it reminds me of my grandfather and it’s a great “non-kids” kids song that we can all enjoy, and talk about in the context of what family means and how much we love everyone.

  192. Twinkle twinkle little star. We used to sing it every night (a couple of times) to get our middle girl to fall asleep. When she could finally talk she always requested it by “tinkle, tinkle”. Now she’s big and can say it just fine. It’s just not as cute;)

  193. I love “They Might Be Giants” especially the song “Violin.” Simple enough that the kids learned the words early on for long car trips, amusing enough to keep us 1990s college grads smiling.

  194. My 5 and 2 year old love the theme song from the Masagascar movie “I like to Move it”. We put it on and all of us run around burning some energy off while our 4 month old giggles at his brothers and mom running around singing and jumping.

  195. Favorite kids song right now isn’t a kid song, but it’s “shine your way” by Owl City and Yuma from the croods. It’s special because of the way my 3 year old sings it, and truly sings it from his heart. Oh, my heart melts to watch him sing it. Thanks for the chance to win, how I would LOVE. One of these amazing joggers.

  196. “Down by the bay, where the watermelons grow…” We love this song everyone sings along the 10 year old, 4 year old, 2 year old, and the parents (working on the dogs:)). My favorite part is they each get to make up there own rhyme for the “did you ever see a….down by the bay”. Or maybe “skidamarink a dink a dink skidamarink a doo, I love you…”. So much fun! There are millions of kids songs that are favorites! How to choose! It seems most of the time these songs become what I am chanting with each breath as I huff and puff up the hills!

  197. Well when my oldest was little I loved the curious George cd by jack Johnson . Now both my boys love the frozen sound track. They are such sweet boys

  198. My kids love singing the veggie tales theme song, drives me bonkers when they all start belting it out 🙂 we also like the Go Fish Boys.

  199. The songs of “Finding Nemo” were sung and hummed over and over in our house. With boys now 15, 13 and 10 years old I love to reminisce about sweet little lispy voices singing “Just keep swimming” while I log long miles. My youngest sis is pregnant with baby #5 and when we get a chance to be together this chariot would be perfect for running sing-a-longs!

  200. Two weeks ago I essentially lost my job because my employer denied my request for leave without pay for 30 days to go conduct my dissertation research in Ireland. When the whole thing hit “Let it Go” started to have a special importance in my life. Crazy, yes, I liked the song before it all happened but after…it just needed to become an anthem for my life at this point. “Funny how some distance makes everything seem small, and the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all….” I had to let go of the fear of losing my income and focus on my future as a PhD graduate. I am in desperate need of a jogging/running stroller so I can continue training for my first half marathon in July. I’ll need to be able to run with my little one in tow. So this would be a great asset to have at this time in my life.

  201. I sing my boys all sorts of songs from when I was a camper, but my favorite to sing them is “Way Up in the Sky, The Little Birds Fly” … but they have also both loved (for whatever reason) when I sing them Camptown Races. Guaranteed to bring big smiles.

  202. I love just about anything by Laurie Berkner, but the most special in our family is the one where she sings about having animals on her head. (I don’t actually know the real title.) With all four of my kids, we often put stuffed animals on our heads and sing this song to make them laugh.

  203. I made up a song when my son was first born to try and help lull him to sleep. His nickname is Dub so it goes something like:
    Duba Doo Duba baby
    Duba Doo Duba baby
    I love you…
    and so on.

  204. “You are my sunshine” because my grandfather used to sing it to me as a child. I now sing it to my little man when he’s having a rough time settling down for the night. I start humming the tune and he instantly relaxes.

  205. Our favorite right now is “Let it Go.” My 2 yr old asks for it every night by saying, “Foven?” Her extra special way of saying Frozen. :). But our all time favorites that we sing every day are Twinkle Little Star and You Are My Sunshine. My 2 & 4 yr old never get tired of those!

  206. ‘Raffi Raffi Yay!’ to quote my 22 month old daughter. If we keep a Raffi record on the record player and the stereo on, she can start it herself and start dancing around. I bought a couple Elizabeth Mitchell CD’s, so good. Doesn’t drive you crazy.

  207. My five year old and 2 year old love “I like to move it” from the Madagascar movie. We put it on and all run around the house to burn some energy off. Our 4 month old giggles at his brothers and mom running around.

  208. Ok so growing up in the country, my mom would drive us to & from our house to our gramma’s farm on a mile long dirt path (wide enough for one car or tractor!) dubbed “The Lane”. Songs were a constant, while one song distinctly still plays in my head (and is often sung to my children while doing errands!) “DAISY DAISY GIVE ME YOUR ANSWER TRUE. I’M HALF CRAZY, ALL FOR THE LOVE OF YOU. IT WON’T BE A STYLISH MARRIAGE, I CAN’T AFFORD A CARRIAGE. BUT YOU’LL LOOK SWEET, UPON THE SEAT, OF A BICYCYCLE BUILT FOR TWO!” on a side note, “the lane” played a huge part on my running through my high school cross country years!! It was an awesome hilly terrain!! PETOSKEY Xcountry team kicked butt on hills!

  209. No doubt Raffiis my all time fave. Been listening for 18+ years. Right now my littlest is jammin to Joshua Giraffe. But I also have a soft spot for Mr. Stinky Feet and a new find, The La-Las

  210. It’s not really a kid song, per say, but when my boys were babies, I always sang them “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” because it was just about the only lullaby-ish song that I knew. It’s been awhile since I sang it to them, but….maybe I will after school. 🙂

  211. “I Will” by The Beatles. My mom sang it to me and I started singing it to my first son on the day he was born. Every night before bed we sing it. And when we have a particularly rough day care drop off, I remind him, “love you when we’re together, love you when we’re apart” and that always makes him smile. : )

  212. I have been known on many occasions to make up my own songs for everyone…kids, cats, employees I managed. Many of my favorite kid songs are just silly renditions I’ve created. HOWEVER since that seems like a easy way to answer this question without really answering it, I’ll pick a song that is more well known 🙂 I love “Kookaburra”! My son always thinks I’m crazy when I sing it at random times, especially in the car!

  213. My favorite kid song right now is “Love is an Open Door” from Disney’s Frozen. My three year old daughter and 18 month old baby boy sing it as a duet. She sings all the words in her sweet little three year old voice, and the baby belts out “dooooooooooor!” at all the right places. It makes me smile just typing this!

  214. My daughter and I would sing all the way to daycare every morning and our two favorites were Wheels on the bus and the Alphabet song. My son now however not so much. But I also hold near and dear 5 little monkeys swining in a tree and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

  215. It’s a song that I started singing to my, now 8 month old baby, it’s called , dance with me. I started singing this song to him since day one, and I waltz with him, I love it!! It’s our thing! 🙂 plus he now recognizes the song and everything I sing it, he thinks we are going to dance and starts giggling! Another good thing it’s that my kids also use the song to calm him down when they stay with dad and mommy it’s not around.

  216. Twinkle twinkle little star because it was the first one my 2.5 year old could sing by himself and now he sings it to his little brother

  217. Growing up my sisters and I got to hear a local musician sing goofy kids songs and my favorite is definitely Mr. Sun! A close second would be My Brother Eats Bugs 🙂

  218. Not sure if this counts, but the ‘naughty’ made-up lyrics to my dad’s alma mater that he taught us when we were a little too young to know what they meant. It was always highly requested when we did our frequent in-car sing-alongs, much to my mom’s horror. This is probably not a song I will share with my child (due in October) anytime soon, but the in-car sing-alongs are definitely going to happen with more child-appropriate tunes yet to be decided.

  219. My mom used to sing “you are my sunshine” to me as a child. It is my favorite that I’ve sung to all 4 of my babes. My favorite version is on the “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack.

  220. Twinkle twinkle little star is the song my daughter (age 3) sings to my son (4 mos) when he cries to get him to settle down and it works every time! It also melts my heart EVERY time!

  221. My oldest daughter is almost 9 now. She has loved music so much from the minute she was born. I thought maybe all kids were like that until I had my other 2.WE love the song Snowday by Justin Roberts and I remember her dancing as a 2 year old in a diaper and snow boots. And now as an 8 year old we can still dance to that song–now that she actually gets snowdays at school. My little ones….they are learning…and like music. But, my oldest…she has a soul for music.

  222. “Jesus Loves Me” is my son’s favorite song. We sing it every night before bed. I know that as he gets older I will always cherish the quiet snuggles, rocking in the rocking chair, singing “Jesus Loves Me” by night light. 🙂 As challenging as the toddler years are, I’m going to miss my kids being little!

  223. You are my sunshine. With all 3 of my children I replaced sunshine with their nick name. Oldest was sweet pea, second was baby gurl, and lastly most recent bubby boy. It brings back loving memories to me . Ages now are21,19 and 5.

  224. “Animal Crackers in My Soup” by Shirley Temple. I used to watch Shirley Temple movies with my Grandmother (we call her Merema). I have countless memories of singing and laughing with her and this song was our favorite! I am blessed to still have her in my life and to be able to continue the tradition with my 11 month old daughter. She loves when I sing this song to her (and I am no Christina Aguilera!). haha… And, to see how my daughter lights up my Merema’s life is priceless..

  225. Before I had kids I loved Jack Johnson, now that I have kids, we can’t get enough of the Curious George soundtrack.

  226. The song that holds a special place in my heart is “This is the Day”. I remember my mom learning to play it on the piano and waking us up with it on Sunday mornings! My kids sing it now too!

  227. The sound of my husband singing is usually enough to make me run fast away from the house. To keep me running fast back to the house (or to get through the last blast of a car journey) my kiddos have always enjoyed Blondie (One Way or Another is a particular favourite) or Ian Drury. Not entirely suitable for children, but that makes it all the more fun. We also used to have a great story CD with a monster who pretended to be a school teacher by putting on ‘lady legs’. I often think about that when my legs are feeling monstery.

  228. i loved to sing the barney song i love you you love me were ahappy family with a great big hug and a kiss from me to you wont you say you love me too! now i have introduced it to my grandaughter (22 months) and plan to to my new twin grandsons just newly born! the combo stroller would be a blessing in this newly expanded family

  229. I gotta go with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Mostly because my son hums along with me when it sing it to him at bed time.

  230. There are a few that still make me tear up because I first heard them in my hormone-washed new mom days. But the most fun song is ‘Speedy Centipede’ by Caspar Babypants. It’s a great running song too!

  231. I have two winter babies, and I’ve sung them both to sleep with ‘Summertime’ since birth. Wishful thinking I guess. Any time they are fussy it seems to sooth them. The other day my infant was cranky and I heard my toddler run over to him singing “hush little baby don’t you cry…”

  232. My favorite from childhood is “Puff the Magic Dragon” as I remember my dad putting on the record and singing along. With my own girls (2.5yo and 9m) I love singing “Skinnamarink” as it always seems to change the mood to happy.

  233. This is not a kid’s song but I have to share because it’s so cute. My husband is in the military and has been away for a long time. When we are able to facetime with my husband, my son asks him to sing “The Ballad of the Green Beret”. Sometimes he asks me to sing it to! It has become his new favorite bedtime song!

  234. Anybody else have a little one who is into Bubble Guppies? My 2-year-old, dear husband, and I do a lot of dancing to “Outside! Outside! Everybody get up gotta go outside!”

  235. I sing “Sweet Baby James” to my little ones at bedtime and it usually does the trick. So that is a sweet memory. My husband and I are also are big Raffi fans from our own childhood and now our kids.

  236. There is this great song by eminem……..hahaha, jk! My fav is any song we sing together while driving/biking – new as well as old. Ever heard of a song called Bill Grogan’s (sp?) goat?

  237. I don’t have any from my childhood, but my son and I get a workout in with “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”.

  238. Not really a kids song, but “What Does the Fox Say” has been super popular with our 2 year old for almost 7 months now. It engaged him, he danced to it and now he knows all the words and will randomly start to sing it. It makes me so happy each and every (well, maybe except if it’s the fifth time in a row) time we play it.

  239. “Cats in the Cradle” While the song itself outdates me by a year, it was always a song that made me think of my Dad. I was so grateful as a kid to have a father that was the opposite of this song. He was never too busy for me. I hope that my kids know that I will always be there for them. While the words of the song seem to ring true in my relationship with my dad now, I know that he knows that I love him and I am just busy being a good mom and working hard.

  240. “You are my sunshine” for certain. I haven’t met my little one yet, but my mother often sang me that song when I was little and I hope to continue the heartfelt tradition!

  241. “Slippery Fish!” My now 2 year old was shy about participating during circle time at our local drop in, but when this song came on she’d do all the motions and dance around.

  242. “You are My Sunshine.” I struggled with breastfeeding my daughter and it was extremely frustrating. In tears because of the pain of those first few weeks of nursing and because I felt like a failure as a new mother, I would sing the song to her after her overnight feedings. It was meant to soothe her to sleep, but I think it ended up soothing me more. She is my little sunshine and she is worth all the frustration I endured.

  243. ‘You are my Sunshine”. When I was a child I would sometimes wake up early and crabby. When we were at my Grandma’s house, I would find her in the kitchen (usually scrubbing the floors or baking something delicious) she would sing that song to me and it would instantly put me in a good mood. Now whenever I am having a tough morning w/my kids, we stop and sing that song (more for me than them!) and it puts us all in a better mood to start the day.

  244. I’ve been taking my three year old to Musikgarten music classes for the last two years so whatever songs we are working on at the time are the ones that tend to stick with me for awhile.

  245. Laurie Berkner Band’s “Five Days Old”– it was the first song my little guy danced to. We got such a kick out of watching as he developed his “signature move”–the wide-stance stomp. That was only about two years ago, but my son has different moves. I know that hearing that song will always take me back to our old kitchen, with my unsteady new walker balancing against the sliding door (those sweet tiny handprints!!), smiling his tiny-toothed smile, bopping his head and stomping is soft-soled-shoed foot. I wonder what song will get his little sister groovin’…
    I’d love to win a Cougar 2! Spent at least 30 minutes drooling over one at a bicycle shop not long ago! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize!

  246. Right now, it’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow, as my daughter is loving the Wizard of Oz, and I love having her share in things that I enjoyed when I was a kid.

  247. I have always loved Raffi, and my 16 month old does, too. We love all of his songs, but Six Little Ducks is one of our favorites. My girl loves it – we sing it every night in the tub. No matter how chaotic my day has been, I love bath time and our duck sing-a-long.

  248. The classic twinkle twinkle, as my daughter loves singing it with no reservations about her (extremely high) pitch and botched words. As soon as she hears the tune she stops her busy body and sways stiffly from side to side…it’s the sweetest!

  249. My 16-month old son is just learning to “sing,” which seems to entail singing something that sounds like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” while simultaneously making the hand motions for “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” It is adorable. I’m going to have to go with his mash-up as my current favorite. 🙂

  250. I love Raffi’s “Mr. Sun”. I would listen to it and sing it constantly when I was growing up. Now that I have kids of my own, I play it for them!! It is a sweet, simple song that brightens up our day!

  251. Baby Beluga – at first because once on a run when my oldest son was just 1yr my BRF’s daughter (5yrs then) somehow came up with “beluga baby” as a nickname for him LOL! Later after my second son was born (Gabriel) we would sing the song to both of them and eventually the song Morphed into “Gabey Beluga” since Gabey Baby is what we’ve called him since birth. I have such a soft spot in my heart for all things Raffi. This song will always bring me back to these special times with my littles… w/o the added memory of all the chaos that’s actually occurring in between of course! 😀

  252. Mr. Rogers theme song….”It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…won’t you be my neighbor?”. I am so happy that my daughter loves that show, too. She watches the old episodes on Prime. We sing it sometimes as we walk our dog in our neighborhood.

  253. When my daughter was born 12 weeks early and spent her first 47 days in the NICU growing bigger and strong enough to come home I began to sang her “a bicycle built for two” but adapted the “Daisy, Daisy” part to “Paisley, Paisley give me your answer do…” And have sang it to her ever since! My sweet little miracle baby is now 10.5 months old and healthy as can be!

  254. My favorites are the songs I made up for my kids as a SAHM. They each have their own song based on their names and a bunch of silly ones we sing to make it through the day.

  255. Like many others, I am a huge fan of ‘Part of This World’ from Little Mermaid. I always have to sing it loud and proud !

  256. While I pretty much only have kids songs going at all times, “I’m gonna catch you” by Laurie Berkner is a favorite in our house. My two year old sings it constantly and when I’m running it’s one of the few I don’t mind listening to…”in gonna catch you, you better run”..are there better lyrics than that for a mother runner? With baby #3 due in July I am already trying to figure out how quickly I can run again and this would be a great help, or else who knows what might catch me!

  257. The Lion Sleeps tonight is the song that my 3.5 month old hears as his mobile spins over his head. I love singing it to him and watching him as he drifts into sleep.

  258. “We’re on our way to grandpas farm” always ended up in giggles when we pick silly animals. My oldest also loves the Beatles “here comes the sun” which holds a special place in my heart when I hear her sing it. Just this morning walking into school she said “it’s a beautiful day mommy, the sun is out!”. *Love her*

  259. When I was a kid, my mother used to sing Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral to me nearly every night before bed. It’s the lullaby her mother used to sing to her, and now that I have a daughter, I sing it to her. I hope some day she’ll carry on the tradition.

  260. “Get your jammies on” by Go Fish. I discovered it when my kids were 3 and 2. We loved dancing around to it. They had no clue the reason I was so excited was that they would be going to bed and I would get some quiet!

  261. I like pretty much any of the Veggietales songs, but I find myself singing the cheeseburger song pretty often! 🙂 My boys are 3 & 5, so right now, they still think it’s cool!

  262. You’ll Be in My Heart from the Tarzan soundtrack gets me every time. My now 11 year old son looked up at me when was 4 or 5 and said “mommy where are you?” I replied “I’m right here” (with a “duh” tone). He said no mommy, you’re in my heart”. This was during the divorce from his father & split custody. Years later I still think about it- he’s always in my heart.

  263. Raffi’s BABY BELUGA…we would always sing this and do the hand signals…now they are hooked on the BEATLES…even my 5 year old!

  264. Shortly after my son was born, we bought a CD of children’s songs song by contemporary artists…can’t think of the name off hand, but my favorite has always been “Blueberry pie” by Bette Midler.

  265. My favorite children’s song is alphabutt by kimya dawson. Rumor has it that her daughter helped her with the lyrics! They are hilarious for children and adults!

  266. Barney’s theme song always makes me smile. We speak French at home and my daughter would sing along inventing words as she went. “With a great big hug” would become “Wid a big pompom”. We still sing it that way in our family.

  267. Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner has been following our family now for awhile. My oldest is 13 and my youngest is 2. Whenever they’re in a bad mood I turn this on and crank it up. I think it possibly makes them even more angry but I love breaking up the tension by belting out a tune about “eating rutabaga” and collard greens 😉

  268. Wow! Bringing back memories!! I’ll have to say that my favorite kid song is the one from Barney: If All the Raindrops were Lemondrops and Gumdrops, Oh What a Rain that Would Be!!

  269. Brahm’s lullaby. I started singing it to my now 3 year old when she was an infant. Now it’s a bedtime ritual that she requests and sings along with me.

  270. You are My Sunshine is a special one to me. My oldest was colicky and the only thing that comforted him was me walking around the living room in circles with him singing . This tended to be the song I would sing over and over to calm him down.

  271. Baby Beluga by Raffi. In my first-time-mom delirium, it was one of the only songs I could remember from my childhood to sing my daughter to sleep at 3 a.m. And now my almost 2-yr-old son sings “Baby Guga” to me all the time.

  272. Oh this post brought tears to my eyes! I’m in a similar boat, Dimity, and yet also still in the thick of it as my four kids are 10, 9, 6, and 2. I have such strong memories of dancing around the kitchen with my oldest 2 kids (just 17 months apart in age) and singing Laurie Berkner, Justin Roberts and Sesame Street songs. I am still doing this with my kindergartner and toddler, but somehow it has evolved into Kidz Bop and the soundtrack from the movie Frozen… My favorite little kid song from that era would have to be Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner – don’t ask me why, it’s just catchy! I’m am definitely adding that station to my Pandora!

  273. Currently the song we are singing all day long is Five Little Monkeys. My daughter just turned two. So her version is sooooo cute! I don’t mind singing it with her 50x a day because her sweet little voice melts my heart.

  274. There’s a song on the cd we play for my daughter every night with the line ‘You’re my blue sky, you’re my sunny day’. She is that, and within a couple of weeks we’ll have another to share that role with her.

  275. I have quite possibly the worst voice ever, so Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star was the one song I could make bearable for my son when I put him to sleep. To this day at almost 4-years-old, he still requests it which is quite an affirmation from my son that I can still sing him to sleep even with my huge lack of musical skills.

  276. Right now it’s “Let it Go” from Frozen. It was the first movie I brought my 3 year old son to and I have been singing it to my 1 year old at bed. I knew she liked it because she would smile, but when she started doing the arm movements like Queen Elsa, I almost died from cuteness!

  277. I sing party cake to my youngest. He’s been diagnosed with a severe language disorder so he only “speaks” with songs.

  278. I love no more monkeys jumping on the bed. My oldest would always wave his finger during the No More Monkeys Jumping on the bed chorus.

  279. Rainbow Connection or anything by Jack Johnson on the Curious George soundtrack. Nice and mellow and calming for kiddos and parents

  280. I smile every time I hear the song “I’m a little teapot” because it brings back memories of a first-grader with a ponytail (me) singing it at her end of the school year play. Now I sing it to my 2.5 year old son and he laughs 😉

  281. I sing “The Mickey Mouse Club March” to my son. When he first came home from the hospital, it was what came to mind. He seemed to be soothed by it, so I’ve been singing it ever since. It seems to have become his theme song because when I arrived home from work the other day, even Grandmom was singing it.

  282. I started singing the only song I could think of to our son when he was very fussy in the evenings, so twinkle twinkle little star is favorite.

  283. I am a new mom of 2 under 2 and my favorite song to sing to my babies is the “monkeys jumping on the bed song” That was the first song Reagan, my oldest little monkey, learned to dance to! She will still drop whatever she is doing and do a little dance when I sing it! I must add there is nothing cuter than her making a little monkey sound to boot! Tanner, her little brother just watches her and loves every minute of it.

  284. I have twin girls and they loved ANYTHING by the Laurie Berkner Band but especially I Know A Chicken. I’m pretty sure our shaky eggs were the precursor to the shake weight! Lol

  285. My favorite children’s song is “can you canoe?” by the Okee Dokee Brothers. They are a bluegrass children’s band from Minneapolis. Each song is so well written. I laugh because their music brought me out of post partum depression with my third baby…Seriously! They brought out this zest for life that was asleep inside of me :)You can’t help but love life while listening to them.
    We’ve gone to a number of their free shows at libraries, parks and the mall of America. Last year they were nominated and one a Grammy for best children’s album. They are humble couple of guys yet so inspiring!

  286. From my childhood I will always remember my aunt and cousins teaching me the “greasy grimy gopher guts” song. it seems silly but being an only child, this song rocked my world. it was hilarious and it grossed my mom out. win-win to a 6 year old.
    my husband and i have been listening to the spotify they might be giants kids station and we came across the alphabutt song by kimya dawson. while my daughter is only one and cannot appreciate a good fart or butt joke yet,this song gets me everytime and i giggle like a 10 year old.

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