It may seem kind of silly to read to a newborn since they really won’t understand what’s going on in a book for many months. But it’s important for many reasons. First of all, it is a way that you are communicating and interacting with your sweet baby. She hears your voice, the inflections and flow of how you read. As she grows older and more active, she will still enjoy cuddling up in your lap to read a story.
Here are some “types” of books that I recommend for babies from birth to 12 months:
- Board books: These are cardboard-like books that won’t tear easily and are sturdy enough to survive being chewed on (which your baby will most certainly do once she begins putting everything in her mouth).
- Books with real pictures: As children are learning about their world, it is important that they see actual pictures represented in books. Illustrations most definitely have their place in your library, but books showing real pictures will especially help with a baby’s language development as she approaches her first birthday.
- Books with texture: As your baby starts learning more about her world, she will become fascinated with texture. Books with texture are great for introducing words such as rough, smooth, furry, silky, etc. and for making comparisons.
- Cloth books: These books are also sturdy enough to survive being chewed on and they often include texture as well. Many of them have flaps to lift and crinkly paper inside them (babies love the noise it makes).
Don’t be afraid to read the same books over and over…your child will actually enjoy the repetition!
Here are just a very small few of our favorites for babies 12 months and under. What are your favorites?