Thursday, August 25, 2011

We've Got a Fever... A Yo Gabba Gabba Fever

As I have mentioned before on this blog, I am a proponent of responsibly letting children watch age-appropriate TV. I have been consistently amazed at how much Jack has learned from watching shows on PBS Kids, Disney Junior, and Nick Jr.--his speaking, his storytelling, and his sense of humor have grown immensely because of his TV friends. And I have a pretty high tolerance for "annoying" kid shows, so I don't mind having them on.

And I tell you that to tell you this:

I have a sincere parental crush on the creators of Yo Gabba Gabba. We are so late to this particular bandwagon, so when Jack asked to watch it on Netflix Instant, I figured that it had to be popular for a reason. I also figured that he'd make it through about ten minutes and get bored with the show. Boy, was I wrong.

There are only 19 episodes on Netflix right now, and please don't ask me how many times we have watched each one--I don't want to show how unembarrassed I am with the numbers. I have no shame because there are so many layers of goodness in this show that I could honestly watch this and only this for the rest of my children's toddlerhood. The obvious benefits for Jack of watching this show (learning social skills and manners, plus enjoying the colorful visuals) are lined with more subtle perks, such as exposure to awesome music from bands like the Aquabats and Shiny Toy Guns. The didactic songs like "Don't Give Up" and "Sometimes You Win" have already been brought up in conversations with Jack about trying your hardest and not feeling too sad if you lose--by him! And honestly, I die over the remix of the show's events at the end of each episode.

Some of our favorite songs are:

"Hold Still"


And for those of you who think you're too cool/grown-up for this show, "Listen"

 Are you a fan, too? What songs do you love?


  1. I LOVE Yo Gabba Gabba and I don't even have kids! The creators are LDS--one actually came to speak at our stake's youth conference last year. Such a great show.

  2. Yo Gabba Gabba is awesome! My boys are also into Ni-Hao Kai Lan, Wonderpets (Oh Good Gracious, how they LOOVE Wonderpets), Wow Wow Wubbzy, and pretty much any kids show on PBS.

    Usually, we watch PBS at home since we don't have cable, & netflix refuses to work with my laptop. Nick Jr stuff is reserved for DVD's or when we're at the ever popular Nana and Papa's house.

  3. There's a party in my tummy... so yummy, so yummy! Did I tell you that Josh, Jake, Aimee, and I went to them in concert at the Maverick Center? Hilarious and crazy! Megan Joy from AI was there. :)

  4. i've been watching the show since gage right after gage was born, so i'm with you on having the songs ingrained in my head. their live show came right before owsley was born, and i was a little broken-hearted when gage said he didn't want to go.