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).
"It's hard having kids because it's boring," Louis C.K. explains. "It's just being with them on the floor while they're being children. They read Clifford The Big Red Dog to you at a rate of 50 minutes a page, and you have to sit there and be horribly proud and bored at the same time."