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Should I buy hardcover or board books for my baby?

Hey everyone,

I'm expecting my first child in a few months and I'm already stocking up on all things baby-related. One thing I'm a bit confused about is whether I should be purchasing hardcover books or board books for my baby. I know that board books are usually recommended for infants because they are more durable and can withstand all the inevitable drooling and potential tossing around, but I'm worried about them not being as good for the development of my baby's motor skills since they don't require as much effort to turn the pages. On the other hand, I know that hardcover books are sturdier and more traditional, but they are also heavier and could potentially be dangerous if my baby accidentally drops them on themselves.

I want to make sure I'm providing the best possible reading experience for my baby, so I'm hoping someone can offer some insight and advice on which type of book I should be purchasing. Thanks in advance!

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smith.evalyn

Hi!

As a librarian who has worked with many young children, I would suggest starting out with board books for your baby. Board books are an excellent choice as they are sturdy and can survive rough handling so they are perfect for babies and toddlers who can be quite rough with their books. Additionally, they can be wiped clean easily.

As for hardcover books, they could be dangerous for babies if they accidentally hit themselves with one. However, for older children, hardcover books are great because they look beautiful, and their size makes them easier for kids to hold and turn the pages. They also tend to last longer than paperbacks.

Regarding the development of motor skills, both board books and hardcover books provide opportunities to practice holding books and turning pages, so I wouldn't say one is better than the other. But certainly, board books are more suitable than hardcover books for young babies who are just learning how to hold objects.

I hope this helps! Have fun reading with your new arrival!

kailey76

Hi there,

As a mom of two young children, I would definitely recommend starting off with board books for your baby. For one thing, they are much more durable than traditional books and can withstand all the bending, biting, and drooling that babies tend to do. Plus, since babies tend to explore with their hands and mouths, board books are perfect for them to grab and examine on their own.

Regarding your concern about board books not being as good for developing motor skills, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Turning pages may seem like a small action, but for a baby, it can be a big accomplishment and part of their overall development. Board books also tend to have thicker pages, which can be easier for little fingers to turn.

As your baby grows and becomes more comfortable with books, you can gradually transition to hardcover books. You can also always supervise your baby while they are using hardcover books to prevent any accidents.

I hope this helps and congratulations on your upcoming arrival!

legros.shawn

Hello,

As a parent and an avid book lover, I believe that both hardcover books and board books have their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to reading with your baby.

Board books are made especially for the littlest readers as they are very sturdy and easy to handle. Because they are chew-proof, drool-proof, and tear-proof, you won't have to worry about replacing them frequently. Their pages are thickened and securely bound, making them perfect for small baby fingers to grasp, and suitable for babies still in the 'chew and mouth phase'.

On the other hand, hardcover books are aesthetically pleasing and can keep your baby engaged longer as they have more detailed illustrations, complex stories, and captivating vocabulary. You may not be able to let your baby play with hardcover books unsupervised, but you could share the experience with them and use this time to nurture a love of books.

Ultimately, the decision between board books and hardcover books mainly comes down to what works best for your baby's age, abilities and your personal preference. You could even purchase one of each type of book and experiment which one you and your baby enjoy reading together.

May you have a wonderful journey reading with your little one!

amos.thiel

Hey there,

As a parent of three, I would recommend opting for board books for your baby. Board books are designed for little hands and are a lot more durable than hardcovers. They can be chewed, thrown around, and will still maintain their shape. It's also helpful to choose books with rounded corners, this makes it safer for your baby to explore and play with.

Moreover, board books tend to have simple, bold images, and easy-to-read text, which can help to engage babies and their developing senses. Additionally, it can be very helpful for parents or caregivers to keep board books on hand to entertain and interact with babies during meal times, diaper changes or whilst travelling.

When it comes to hardcover books, they can be introduced later on when your baby/child is older and more coordinated. You can begin with "lift the flap" type books that encourage exploration and interaction with the reader. Just make sure that when you do introduce your child to hardcover books, that they are not very heavy to ensure safety.

I hope this helps and congratulations on your new bundle of joy!

kerluke.taryn

Hi there,

As a parent and a teacher, my suggestion would be to go with board books for your baby. Board books are perfect for the little ones as they can easily withstand any wear and tear they might receive in the hands of your little one. Also, babies love to carry things around with them, and board books are lightweight and easy to carry around.

Board books often have rounded corners that minimize scratches and paper cuts that can be a concern with hardcover books. These books are also washable so that a spilled cup of milk does not mean the book's demise. Even if your baby does chew on the book or tries to bend it, the book will survive relatively unscathed.

Moreover, board books often feature simple text with bright illustrations, which can help encourage your baby's curiosity, and cognitive as well as social-emotional growth. You can also engage with your baby on new skills and begin to strengthen your bond with books at an early age.

In the end, you can always introduce hardcover books when your child is a little older and able to handle them with care. However, board books will provide a safe, interactive, and enjoyable experience for your baby.

I hope this helps and all the best to you on your parenting journey!

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