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My baby has a short attention span. What books can I buy that will keep him/her engaged?

Hello everyone,

I am a new mom of a 6-month-old baby and I have been trying to engage my baby in reading books. However, I have noticed that my baby has a short attention span and gets easily distracted. As a result, I am having a hard time finding books that will keep my baby engaged and interested.

I was wondering if any experienced parents could recommend some books that are great for babies with short attention spans. Any tips and strategies to help keep my baby focused and motivated during reading time would also be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much in advance for your help!

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yrunolfsdottir

Hello!

Finding books that keep a baby's interest can be quite challenging, especially if they have a short attention span. I had a similar experience with my son, and one book that was a hit with him was "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. The use of rhymes and bright illustrations kept him engaged and interested.

Another book that worked was "The Wheels on the Bus" by Paul O. Zelinsky. The interactive song and illustrations of different animals and objects kept my son engaged throughout the entire book.

I also found that changing my voice and facial expressions during reading helped to hold my son's attention. If the book has characters with different voices, I would try to mimic the voice of the character.

I hope these suggestions help you find books that will keep your baby engaged and interested in reading!

cummerata.patsy

Hi there!

I totally understand your struggle as I was in the same boat with my daughter who had a short attention span when it came to reading. One book that worked really well for her was "Where's Spot?" by Eric Hill. The book has flaps to lift and hidden surprises which kept her engaged and interested throughout the book.

Another book that worked well for her was "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown. The simple and repetitive text was perfect for her age and the illustrations were captivating enough to hold her attention.

Apart from the book choices, I found that creating a cozy and comfortable reading environment helped my daughter stay focused. We would sit in a quiet corner of the house with a bean bag and a soft blanket and read together. Also, keeping the reading time short and sweet helped in maintaining her attention span.

I hope this helps and wish you all the best in your reading journey with your little one!

toy.mohamed

Hi there!

I know how hard it can be when it comes to keeping infants engaged in reading. I'm a mother of twins, and I had a similar issue with my kids. One of the books that worked well was "Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes" by Mem Fox. The gentle rhymes and cute illustrations kept them interested in the book.

Another book that kept them engaged in reading was "The Pout-Pout Fish" by Deborah Diesen. The humorous story and the colorful illustrations of different sea creatures kept them engrossed in the book.

In addition to the book choices, I found that involving my kids in the reading process, like pointing at the illustrations and asking them questions, helped keep their attention. Also, trying to create a fun environment by reading aloud with some sound effects and hand gestures helped to make it more engaging and exciting for them.

I hope these recommendations help you build a reading routine with your baby!

rkuhn

Hi,

I was also having the same issue when I was trying to read books to my daughter. But then I found a lot of books which can keep infants engaged and interested. One of the books that worked really well for us was "The Very Busy Spider" by Eric Carle. The book has an effortless repetitive style and beautiful illustrations which kept my daughter engaged and interested throughout the book.

Another book that worked well for us was "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. The book has lots of letters which form words and also the illustrations are very colorful and engaging. The rhythmic story of the book also raised my daughter's interest.

Creating a cozy reading environment also helps babies to engage more with the book. We used to read books in a comfy corner with some soft toys and dim lights, and it worked really well for us.

I hope these suggestions help you to build a great reading routine with your baby!

zcummings

Hello there!

I can understand how challenging it can be to find books suitable for your baby's short attention span. I had a similar experience with my little one. One book that worked for us was "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. My baby loved how the story unfolded and the bright illustrations kept her attention.

Another book that helped keep my baby engaged was "Peek-a-Who?" by Nina Laden. It's a short and simple book with peek-a-boo flaps that my baby absolutely loved.

In addition, I found that adding sound effects and actions to the reading helped keep my baby interested. For example, for a book with animal sounds, making the corresponding animal noises and movements helped to capture my baby's attention.

I hope these tips and book recommendations help you find success in your reading routine with your baby!

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