“Iti noa, he pito mata”

The proverb above refers to how with care, a small kumara will produce a harvest. I love how it captures the idea of the end result being much greater than the actual investment.

If you have got tamariki in your life you will thoroughly enjoy this compilation of lullabies. Sung by a passionate Te Reo Māori advocate, Ms Pānia Papa, accompanied by a fantastic blend of female and male voices, taonga pūoro and contemporary instruments. It is all about the potential children hold within themselves. 

Molly is happy listening to Pito Mata

What a gem. Listening to this audio CD will make you want to cuddle, dance, nurture and sing away with your little one like nothing else. It is filled with aroha.

For those of us that don’t feel so confident singing in Te Reo, it comes with a singalong DVD with words rolling along the bottom of the screen.

And if you are keen want to give waiata a go, why not try the Nga Pihi series? Trust me, they are tino pai.

Lullabies that children (and parents) will love

asleep-BWIt’s amazing what you can discover when you’re browsing the library shelves.  Last week I discovered a series of CDs in the Centre for the Child at Central Library called Rockabye Baby.  Each of the CDs features lullaby renditions of songs by rock groups including U2, Coldplay, Nirvana, Queen and The Beatles.

The songs are arranged and performed by various musicians who use the glockenspiel, vibraphone, melloton, guitar and piano to transform some of the world’s best rock songs into soothing lullabies.  You’re probably wondering how this is possible, especially with some of the songs that have been chosen, but they actually sound amazing and are really pleasant to listen to.

These CDs are perfect for those parents that want some soothing music for their babies, but who don’t want to be driven crazy.