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Well before the explosion in children’s music gave rise to kitschy marketing gimmicks like Metallica and Nirvana—the lullaby versions, there was On a Starry Night (Windham Hill).
Released 10 years ago, this collection of children’s music from around the world (including Japan, Israel, and Brazil) is perhaps the most beautiful and soothing album ever made for babies. It never gets tired, but any child who hears it will; my toddler daughter has fallen asleep to these global serenades every night of her life. The CD long ago became my go-to baby shower gift, but it also makes a great my-first-stocking stuffer; buy at Amazon.com ($12).