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Putumayo's Latest: Instrumental Dreamland

Congratulations to our winner, Susan C. from New York, and thanks to everyone who entered!

Are your kids ready for bed?

Quite a number of years ago, I started putting my daughter to bed listening to various Dreamland CDs from Putumayo Kids. I always enjoyed listening along with her as we wound down the evening.

At almost 14 years old, she still listens to a Dreamland CD every night. Enter Instrumental Dreamland, a collection of soothing tunes for relaxation and bedtime. The first all-instrumental album from the label, it’s the 6th release in the award-winning, best-selling Dreamland series, which has long helped parents around the world ease their children to sleep. The colorful CD package features informative child-friendly notes about the origin of the music and featured artists, as well as Nicola Heindl’s distinctive artwork.

Here’s how Putumayo describes it:

Instrumental Dreamland features exceptional renditions of such classics as “Brahms’ Lullaby,” “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “What a Wonderful World.” We scoured the world for music that incorporates relaxing instruments such as the harp, piano, acoustic guitar and kora. Artists include Malian griot and kora master Balla Tounkara, Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, Brazilian guitarist Reginaldo Frazatto, Jr., Irish multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan and American pianist Michael Allen Harrison.

The selections were chosen for their calming effect and appeal to children and adults alike. An instrumental lullaby CD has been the most requested children’s album since we began the label.

Instrumental Dreamland is available in most Whole Foods Market stores now.

What’s your favorite music for you, with or without kids, to wind down to? Let us know in the comments below for a chance to win a 6-CD set from Putumayo’s Dreamland series.

Comment by March 21st for a chance to win. We’ll choose one comment at random to receive the CDs.

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Lindsay Heller says …

We are currently fans of the Rock a Bye Baby Series and are parents who would love to expand our daughters worldview through music. What a great collection to introduce them to! We have been fans of other Putumayo albums and are looking forward to checking this out!

Ellen says …

We love instrumentals-especially pyromania and ocean sounds

Ellen says …

My daughter loves to listen to Dreamland and/or ocean sounds by medspa. Me? When I stop moving, I relax.

Amanda says …

Our little one falls asleep to Jason Mraz. :) He has a few lullaby cd's too that he listens to on occasion (classical music lullabies.) He loves listening to his Putumayo kids cds...especially the Animal Playground one during the day. I'm partial to the Asian Dreamland CD they put out.

Erin says …

My 22 month old son has always slept well with the sounds of the metro goldline train in the background.

Brenda Ha says …

A CD that came out a few years ago called, "Playing for Change". Inspiring and beautiful music!

Chris Proctor says …

My son has listened to Lyle Lovett's Pontiac for the every night for the past 4 years. Before that, it was Norah Jones' Come Away with Me. I love Putumayo and would love to introduce this to him.

Janet Cazares says …

I have been searching Pandora for different stations that will help my children fall asleep easily at night when I leave the house. I am a single mother of four children and I work nights. Each night I pray with them and over them and I have BEEN playing a beautiful collection of songs on a CD titled "Sing Over Me: Worship Songs and Lullabies". It's my favorite time of the night and I LOVE listening to it with them. As I mentioned, however, I am always on the lookout for new music for this purpose as well as for giving to friends or family expecting a new baby!

carolyn says …

We listened to a Putamayo Dreamland cd for my first daughter and it always put me to sleep!

Melanie says …

My 14 month old's favorite bedtime cd is an instrumental rendition of Bob Marley's music that was a gift at my baby shower. I would love to have this cd to help broaden his musical appetite!

Dana says …

Hi there For my son, it's either some classics for kids or asian dreamland CD, marked difference when he's a bit fraught and needs to be calmed before bed.

Alicia says …

We like the Chieftan's song "Heap of Little Horses" to sing to our 6 week old baby. How can a song about horses and cake be wrong? http://grooveshark.com/s/Whole+Heap+Of+Little+Horses/4c43p3?src=5

Val says …

My little one goes to sleep peacefully listening to ... Led Zeppelin. Go figure!

Mark Islam says …

Linda Ronstadt's Dedicated To The One I Love, a collection of pop songs done as lullabies. And Nicolette Larson's Sleep Baby Sleep. PICK ME!!!!!

Melissa Pope says …

My 3 yr old loves new age music and classical strings. Specifically Enigma and Enya for new age and Mozart for classical.

Katherine says …

The 3rd movement of Beethoven's String Quartet, op. 132. Most gorgeous, soothing thing, ever!

Birdie Skolfield says …

I love Kenny G anything by him makes me float away to dreamland

Bets says …

My kids love to be read to before bed.

Nicole says …

I absolutely love the apps New Age Piano and James Cahall. I rested my iPad up against my stomach throughout my whole pregnancy and my son recognized the beautiful melodies as soon as he was born! Now 8 months later, you can still see his whole body relax as soon as I turn the music on! I am an elementary music teacher and it almost seems to put a spell on my classes at school as well! These CDs would give me a chance to share more beautiful music with hundreds of children everyday!

Maggie says …

I can't wait to pick this up! Hoping it will help my toddlers bedtime routine :) Fingers crossed!!

Nancy says …

Both of my kids love classical music, although sometimes they dance to it instead of relaxing. :)

Kara says …

My two redhead boys both need and love to relax at the end of the day. It sounds like this music would be a nice addition to our bedtime routine.

Susan says …

I've always lulled my daughter to sleep from her first day by holding her close and singing softly. Once she got too big to hold she listens to a variety of songs on her sweet slumber music machine.

Jocelyn says …

I just looked up these Dreamland CDs, and every one of them looks fantastic! Would love them for my 4 year-old... and me!

Maureen says …

I have three little ones that I sing to sleep every night with lullabies. Since I recognize that I am a terrible singer, my children would be very grateful for Putumayo Kids to replace me!

Kati says …

Dave Koz's "Golden Slumbers" has been a gift as we've worked on sleep schedules for our daughter. And there have been numerous times when mommy took a nap too just rocking her to sleep with those tunes :)

Jamie Cafaro says …

I have a 3 month old daughter and ever since the day that I brought her home from the hospital she loves classical music. I play baby mozart for her and she stops crying. I know that she would be very happy to listen to Putumayo Kids, as well as myself!

Ashley says …

What settles down my nearly-4-year-old: jazz. What calms me down: jazz, early music, Brandenburg concertos, Celtic music... The whole family loves the Putumayo playground series in particular, and all of Putomayo's compilations in general. This would be an awesome addition to our music collection!

nora says …

Im visualising winning this for my kids and MYSELF to listen to at bedtime. We have a collection of soothing music we play at bedtime. Some are called ZEN and TAI CHI and I also have lullabys that Ive played for my 4 yr old since he was a baby. I want to see these CDs in my home :-) we would be so grateful!

tiffiny says …

I love listening to music with my son.Some of our favorite music for relaxing is Jiao Gilberto

Lauren says …

I love Putumayo compilations! They are a great way to introduce new music and culture to your collection. My triplets love music and so I know they'd enjoy these:)

PS says …

Good music should be an inherent part of daily life, it's food for the mind. I listen to afterdark 96.5 love songs. Want sthg nice for kids too!

Amanda says …

Our homework hour starts with Symphony music at 5pm. However one husband, three boys, one girl and one big dog later! I myself could use Putumayo Kids to help me out at night! Those Putumayo Kids would be a God Send and welcome with open arms!!!!!

Brandy says …

I am a new Whole Foods customer. I have a wonderful friend who has introduced me to a better way of eating and shopping. She has shared the Putumayo Kids with me for my 7 month old who has a very interrupted sleep pattern. Our night time ritual has been a more calm enjoyable experience. However, I have returned what is hers and now I am music less ... I would be so thankful to win!!!

Amanda says …

I have a 7yr old daughter with PTSD. This sounds like it would help relax her enough to make the going to sleep routine easier. Thanks for the opportunity : )

Stacy F says …

Our favorite lullaby CDs in our house is a wonderful collection of instrumental Beatles songs. Our daughter also responds well at bedtime to Norah Jones. We'd be honored to win the Putumayo's collection. Music represents love in our family!

Patty says …

We all listen to Peter and the Wolf read by Bernstein over and over

Shirley Matheny says …

My 2 year old grandson likes to be read to before going to bed and likes to listen to lullabies for kids by Celine Dion as well. He loves to sing throughout the day and wants me to sing certain songs for him before he falls asleep. However, I am no Celine Dion by the stretch of anyone's imagination and the beautiful music of Putumayo Kid's series would be a welcomed addition to his music library. My daughter is extremely busy sprinting to the finish line to complete her dissertation in a couple of months, and I am helping her take care of Ryan so the sleep schedule is off a lot. We need any good music available to help him fall asleep quickly. Thank you so much for the beautiful music for my adorable grandson!

Brandie Hammontree says …

My 5 month old Nina sleeps well to "white noise for meditation and relaxation: thunderstorm for deep sleep." We are always looking for something new!

Ashley says …

Celtic Serenity by Carlyle Fraser. Instrumental lullabies are the best.

Christine says …

Country Music, Lullabys, and relaxation cds.

Jason Zerbey says …

The lullaby renditions of AC/DC, Metallica, and Johnny Cash have served us well.

Mary says …

Soft, soothing, easy-listening from multiple genres. Also, nature sounds to put us in harmony with our surroundings as our ancestors enjoyed. It helps to keep things soft and easy - colors, lighting, peaceful surroundings which the music or nature sounds help us achieve. Meditation with the music in the background to get centered. Meditation has many meanings for many creeds. For me it is scriptures, the bible, brings comfort, encouragement, direction, while my mind and body are resting with the background music or sounds. Make it a complete experience of body, soul (mind, will, emotions), and spirit. God is the source of peace.

Pinita says …

Anything that contains the piano of a flute helps to lull her to sleep. Additionally, jazz is always a keeper!

Paige says …

Jack Johnson's Curious George CD works every time - his mellow music mellows out my boys

Adele says …

When my husband's son visits, it's always a CD of thunder and rain sounds which lulls him to sleep at bedtime ... works like a charm. :)

Jolene says …

My son LOVES Putuyamo Kids "Animal Playground" and "Jazz Playground" CD's. And so do I! The music is so much fun. I haven't heard the nighttime CD but I'm sure we'll love that one too. (We currently listen to a few of the "Rockabye Baby" CD's at night)

Debbie says …

My 8 month old sleeps with the white noise machine on. He always relaxes to instrumental lullabies.

Joetta says …

Music as Medicine CD from the company "Sounds True."

Heather Foley says …

Cathy & Marcy has been a mainstay with my 3 year old. My 10 month also loves them too.

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