There are so many decisions to make when preparing for the arrival of your firstborn. Read this Baby’s First Books guide to make at least one buying choice that little bit easier.
When you have your first baby, choosing which books to buy can be a total minefield. You know it’s important to have books for your little one, but you’ve no idea what to buy. I’m here to help you out, with my guide to baby’s first books.
Here are the four types of books I’d recommend investing in for your new baby:
1. A black and white book
When babies are first born, their eyesight isn’t fully developed, which is why black and white books are so popular with young babies. The bold contrast, different patterns and outlines give little eyes something to focus on.
Buggy books are a real must-have. There are so many to choose from, from fabric and touch and feel books to board books with cut-outs, mirrors and sounds. The beauty of the buggy book is they can be attached to pretty much anything from the buggy and car seat to the high chair, baby gym and even your changing bag.
Cloth books are incredibly tactile for little hands – and they’re usually washable too, which means you don’t need to worry about them getting covered in vomit, pee, or poop! Because they’re soft, they are perfect for your baby to mouth and they’re typically quite light which makes them easier for baby to hold. If you want something that’s even easier to clean, bath books are great too.
It’s never too soon to read to your little person, so I’d definitely recommend investing in at least one story book early on. Don’t be put off that it can sometimes feel like you’re reading to yourself – whilst it may not seem like it, your baby is taking it in and will enjoy having a snuggle and hearing your voice. Studies show babies as young as three months benefit from hearing stories – they help build social routines, and kick start their journey towards understanding language and vocabulary.
For the youngest babies, story length doesn’t matter so much and I’d always advise parents to choose a children’s book (or books) that they enjoy reading. But do bear in mind that as your baby grows, shorter stories are usually better as your little one’s attention span is limited and you’ll feel much better getting to the end of the book than having to abort part-way through!
Do let me know which books you’ve enjoyed with your young babies, and if you’d like any advise please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a wide range of books for young children available in my online store – most are available as part of my 3 for £10 offer, so please take a look.