Babies love to hear your voice! They love to snuggle and cuddle up with you. Everything is new and exciting to them and so this is a perfect time to start reading aloud to them and instilling a love for books and reading. Remember, it is never too early to read to your child.
We know how overwhelming it is to have a new baby, so we narrowed down your choices to these 5 books that your newborn and infants will love. These are books that we loved reading to our own little bunnies as well as books that they loved from 0 months to around one year old.
1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown’s classic is a staple in every child’s nursery for generations now. It was our go-to bedtime book for about two years! Babies love its simple pictures, text and colors. Make it even more fun by making your own goodnight routine – “goodnight bed, goodnight curtains, goodnight pillow…”
2. Guess How Much I Love You
Guess How Much I Love You is another classic story that is in most top picture book lists. I loved reading this to my baby even while she was still in my womb. It is a simple but heart-warming story about a parent’s intense love for a child – “I love you right up to the moon – and back!”
3. Mother Goose and poetry books
One of my daughter’s favorite books when she was a baby was a poetry book featuring Robert Louis Stevenson’s work. (It was a Baby Einstein book entitled Pretty Poems and Wonderful Words.) I later learned that babies’ ears are attuned to listen to patterned sounds because they are naturally rhythmic. No wonder Mother Goose is still in style after all these years! At age 3, my daughter still enjoys our favorite Mother Goose book by Iana Opie, wonderfully illustrated by Rosemary Wells. Encourage poetry and rhymes in your home as these are excellent ways to develop pre-math and pre-reading skills. And also just because they are fun.
4. Cloth and texture books
Let your child to explore books by giving him cloth books and books with sensory materials. Talk to your child about the textures and shapes that he sees in the books. By around three or four months, your baby will start grabbing things and putting it in his mouth. This is how they discover about the things around them. Thus, cloth books are important since it is safe (make sure there are no removable parts!) and can easily be washed.
5. Dr. Seuss beginner books
Dr. Seuss books are funny and rhythmic and just plain silly! Get ready for a whole lot of toothless giggles! (Oh, how I love that stage!) Our favorites include The Foot Book, Dr. Seuss’s ABC (my preschooler still says “zizzer-zazzer-zuzz” out of the blue!), Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.