Brahms' Lullaby is arguably the best-known lullaby in America, but it's never short on competition. New lullabies come out all the time.
"Standard baby music doesn't really entertain the mom and dad who have to listen to it as well," says Lisa Roth, vice president of CMH Records.
In late April, Roth's company came out with four "Hushabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Country Music Favorites" CDs that turn country hits such as Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man" into instrumental lullabies. The CDs are $11.98 each. Here are a couple of other recent lullaby CDs:
Tony-nominated Broadway singer Melissa Errico released "Lullabies & Wildflowers" in April, combining her love of music with her new motherhood experience. (Errico's daughter Victoria, with tennis pro husband Patrick McEnroe, is 2; Errico is pregnant with twins and due in November.) She sings classics such as "Mockingbird" and originals such as "Gentle Child." From Velour Music Group, $16.98.
"It's not so much a CD about putting a baby to bed as it is a lullaby for the moms," says Errico. She wanted to capture the emotion of being a mother without putting fatigued moms "into a coma." Some songs on the sophisticated album are "gently hip," she says, and perfect not just for nighttime but also for late-afternoon gentle playing.
The Putumayo Kids' Dreamland series, which features lullabies from around the world, in April released "African Dreamland." It joins the previous CDs "Asian Dreamland" and "Celtic Dreamland." Cost: $14.98.