With so many books for sale, it can be really hard to know which ones are best for your baby. In my new series of blog posts, I’ll be sharing the types of books you should be looking for at each developmental stage and recommending age appropriate books you can enjoy together.
At six months, your little one can probably sit up on their own, and they are increasingly interested in the world around them. If you haven’t already started, it’s the perfect time to introduce books and story time.
But what books are best for a six-month-old?
1. Books with bright colours
Babies love bright colours, and they’re attracted to bold illustrations. Look for books with simple images (drawings or photographs), and don’t worry if there isn’t much text – at this stage it’s not so much about reading a long story to them but more about introducing books and enjoying them together.
2. Durable books
At six months, your little one is probably putting pretty much everything into their mouth, and pulling at anything they can get their little hands on. Board books, cloth books and bath books are perfect for this stage, as they’ll withstand a lot of slobber and strain. But if you’re looking for the ultimate baby-proof book, you should check out the fantastic Indestructibles – chew proof rip-proof books that are fully waterproof, so can be cleaned in your washing machine or the sink. They’re light, too, so really easy for little ones to handle and turn the pages.
3. Interactive books
Books with interactive elements are a winner for young babies. Look out for flaps (the sturdier the better – fabric flaps are my personal favourite), touch and feel (the Usborne That’s Not My… series is the Rolls Royce of this genre), sounds (you might want to check for adult irritation factor first – I can guarantee you’ll be hearing the sounds again and again!), and tabs to pull (you’ll need to do this at first, but little ones will soon start to try for themselves, and it’s a great way to develop their pincer grip which helps cutlery and pencil control).
4. Short story books
There’s little that beats the feeling you get when you snuggle down for a story with your little person. But it can take a bit of time and patience to get to the stage where you read a book from start to finish. With that in mind, the best thing to do with young babies is keep it simple – start with shorter story books that have fewer pages and less text. Our favourites shorter stories include Bathtime Baby and Where’s My Teddy?
If you find the prospect of reading to your baby a bit bizarre, or you’re not sure quite how to do it, this blog post How to feel less silly reading to your baby should help.
5. Rhyming books
Not only are rhyming books brilliant fun to read, but they also play a key part in your baby’s development. Children learn much more easily through rhyme – I bet you remember a whole heap of songs and ditties from when you were a kid and can sing along to the latest tunes on the radio without even realising you’re doing it!
The colourful, rhyming Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt series are perfect early books that will still be a hit when they’re pre-schoolers. Our favourites are Hippo has a Hat, Goat Goes to Playgroup and One Mole Digging a Hole.
Find out why rhyming stories are so good for little people in this blog post from author Dr Niamh.
6. Simple concept books
Whilst they might not be the most appealing books to us as adults, concept books that have one picture per page are perfect for babies. They typically feature pictures of familiar items such as animals, toys and food, and they’re a great way to teach words to your little one. You should also keep an eye out for books with pictures of baby faces as they’re surprisingly popular with the littlies.
So now you know what types of books you should be looking out for, why not pop across to my online store where you can choose from a wide selection of parent approved books all in my 3 for £10 deal, and join me on social media for even more recommendations.