Over the moon for Over the Moon

Let’s face it, first-time moms need lots of “stuff:” diaper pails, car seats, pack ‘n plays and more. But if it’s a mom’s second or third baby, she might be up to her eyeballs in onesies and bibs. Finding just the right gift can be a struggle.

Enter The Broadway Lullaby Project’s collection, Over the Moon. You can choose from the 26-song CD of lullabies written and sung by some of Broadway’s greatest talents or the 17-song CD packaged with a 46-page hardcover book illustrated by children’s book greats like Gregory Christie, Paul Zelinsky, John J. Muth and Melissa Sweet. No matter what you choose, a portion of your dollars will fund two breast cancer charities, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Young Survival Coalition, as well as the Public Interest Projects.

Jill Nicolette, a young mother who died of breast cancer at 45, inspired this project. Her cousin, Kate Dawson, a writer, singer, actor and mother, conceived the project as a way to marshal the Broadway community and honor Jill. As she says in the book, “As a new mother, I love singing to my son, and so I like to think of this collection of lullabies as a way of singing to Jill’s children, since she no longer can.”

As a friend of many young women who have faced breast cancer or who are currently struggling, I can think of no better gift for new moms. This beautiful collection is now one of my go-to gifts for the mom who has almost everything.