Choosing the best baby book for your little one may seem like a challenge, especially when your baby is young. Babies require stimulation in order to develop, and that is why books can help your babies’ cognitive development. Cognitive development pertains to how your baby thinks, solves problems, and how they process and organize information.
If you are looking for books that will help with your babies development, then please review our recommendations below.
Mother reading to her baby
1. Newborn (0-3 Months)
Congratulations on your newborn! Choosing a book to read to your little one may be difficult as there are numerous titles available. Don’t panic, we can certainly assist you. At this age, Babies tend to hold on to things they touch, which inevitably leads them to try and put it into their mouths (We can definitely relate to this).
2. Infant (4-6 Months)
At this age, your little one is too young to turn the pages of a book. Instead, why not take advantage of the fact that most babies around this age love to touch and hold things, this is why we recommend tactile books as they are great for babies at this age.
Tactile books lets your baby touch, grab and shake, and they are ideal for your growing baby, like Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: Ladybird Touch and Feel Rhymes (Ladybird Touch & Feel Rhymes) and we also recommend Pop-Up Peekaboo! Bedtime.
When your baby is 3-6 months of age, they will be interested in looking at the world around them, including looking at books with pictures of colours and shapes. They will enjoy making sounds, and touching most things that is in reach.
Mother reading to her baby girl
3. 6-12 Month old baby
Reading with your little ones at this age can be so much fun, and as your baby is growing, there are many different types of books that will help your baby to develop, while also providing entertainment at the same time. Rhyming books are great for your children at this age, as they can help your baby memorise elements of a much loved book, by establishing patterns. Books like The Rhyming Rabbit (Julia Donaldson/Lydia Monks), and another family favourite is Incy Wincy Spider will help to do this.
By 6-12 months of age, your baby may no longer be sitting still, they may be exploring the world around them (and touching everything too!). At this age, get your baby sit on your lap with their favourite book, they will enjoy looking at its pictures, so play “point and name the picture”, which can be a fun game for your little one. Your baby may be very vocal at this age, so rhyming books are also great.
Personalised baby books
Looking for something a little more personal for your baby? Maybe you would like to see a friend’s baby lead an adventure? This has been made possible thanks to Wonderbly. Wonderbly allows you to customise your own story by adding individual names and choosing an adventurer – The Little Boy Who Lost His Name and The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name.
When should you start reading books to babies?
In the early months (even from birth), holding your baby close to you, while singing, talking and reading, can have a positive affect on their development. There is no rule that says when you should start reading to your little one, but it is proven that children who have been regulary read to, start school ahead of children who have not been introduced to reading and books.