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What types of books should I buy for my newborn?

Hi everyone,

I'm a new parent and I'm looking for advice on what types of books I should buy for my newborn. My baby is only a few months old and I want to start building up our collection of books to read together.

I'm not sure what types of books are appropriate for this age group. Should I be focusing on board books with simple pictures and words? Or are there other types of books that are better suited for newborns?

Any recommendations or tips on building a library for my baby would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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van.veum

Hello,

When my son was a newborn, I found that he was drawn to books that had faces and expressions. Books such as "The Baby's Faces Board Book" by Roberta Grobel Intrater, which have close-ups of babies with different facial expressions, worked well to capture his attention.

Since newborns are still learning about the world around them, books that focus on everyday items can be both comforting and helpful in their development. For example, books that showcase pictures of everyday objects or activities like "First 100 Words" by Roger Priddy are perfect for this age group.

As your baby develops and starts teething, I would suggest investing in some chew-proof books that can withstand the teething process. "Indestructibles" by Worky-Bee books are a good option, as they can be chewed on, crumpled and washed multiple times without damage.

Finally, I would recommend you to include books with diverse characters. Books like "Everywhere Babies" by Susan Meyers and "Global Babies" by The Global Fund for Children, celebrate babies and families of different cultures, races, and genders. This exposure to diversity can help cultivate empathy and understanding in your baby.

In conclusion, I believe that introducing books to your newborn is a beautiful way to bond with them and stimulate their cognitive development. I hope these suggestions help you as you build a good library for your little one.

melyssa36

Hi there,

As a father of three, I'd suggest looking for books with simple, repetitive text and bold pictures. My daughter was a fan of the "The Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle, and my sons loved "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin Jr. These books have taught our children colors, shapes, animal names, and different types of food.

Additionally, pop-up books are a great choice for newborns. These books feature interactive elements that will engage your baby's senses. One of our favorites was "Noisy Farm" by Tiger Tales, which came with buttons that play animal sounds when pressed.

Another category of books that our children loved was books with a theme like sound. Books with buttons that make sounds of animals, musical instruments or nature will be highly appreciated by your baby. You can consider books like "The Squeaky Door" by Margaret Wild, which features sounds of the door opening, footsteps, and the creaking floor.

Lastly, always make sure that your baby is comfortable during reading time. Snuggle up together in a comfortable chair or couch and ensure that you have good lighting, as it will go a long way in creating an enjoyable experience for both you and your baby.

I hope these suggestions help you find the perfect books for your newborn. Happy reading!

satterfield.evalyn

Hey there,

Congratulations on embracing parenthood. I'd suggest getting soft books with flaps, textures, and colorful fabrics for your newborn. These books are specially designed for newborns to touch, feel, and play with, which will engage them more during reading time. Additionally, these books are machine washable, so you don't have to worry about any dirt or stains.

When my son was a newborn, I found the "That's Not My" series by Usborne books to be helpful. These books have various textures for your baby to engage with and are perfect for encouraging sensory play.

Another book that my son loved as a newborn was "Black & White" by Jane Foster. The book features high-contrast illustrations that really caught his eye, and the simple shapes and designs helped to develop his vision.

Lastly, I highly recommend investing in a smart screen. There are several educational apps for babies that are designed to help them learn and develop at an early age. My son loved the Baby Einstein app, which introduced him to different colors and sounds.

I hope this helps! Enjoy reading to your little one, it's such a rewarding experience.

wlemke

Hello,

As a parent, I can relate to your question about what types of books to buy for a newborn. One type of book that has worked well for me is books with repetitive text or simple rhyming patterns, such as "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin Jr.

Another kind of book that newborns enjoy are books with different textures or materials to feel. "Touch and Feel: Farm" by DK is an excellent example of such books. It has different textures like fur, scales, and feathers that newborns love to touch and feel.

Books that have nursery rhymes or familiar songs you can sing to your baby are also a great option. Some of our favorite nursery rhyme books were "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" by Iza Trapani and "Wheels on The Bus" by Paul O. Zelinsky.

Lastly, high-contrast picture books consisting of bold black and white illustrations like "Look Look!" by Peter Linenthal can stimulate your baby's eyesight and cognitive development by providing a visual fascination.

I would like to conclude by saying that reading aloud and introducing books to your newborn is a wonderful way to bond and set the foundations for a love of reading. I hope these suggestions help you in selecting the right books for your newborn.

leslie35

Hi there,

Congratulations on becoming a parent! When my daughter was born, I had the same question you do. I found that board books were a great starting point because they're durable and easy for little hands to hold. Ones with bright colors and simple pictures worked well - my daughter was particularly drawn to books with animals in them.

One of our favorite books was "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown. It's a classic children's book that has a repetitive, calming rhythm that was perfect for bedtime. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle was another favorite - the illustrations are colorful and engaging.

I would also recommend looking for books that have textures or flaps. My daughter loved books that she could touch and interact with, like "Pat the Bunny" by Dorothy Kunhardt.

Overall, I found that my daughter was just happy to have books read to her, regardless of the specific type. It's never too early to start building a love of reading, so have fun with it and don't be afraid to try different types of books. Best of luck to you and your little one!

jluettgen

Hi there,

As a mother of a newborn, I'm also wondering about what types of books should I buy for my little one. From my experience, I have found that books with interactive elements like "My Big Animal Book" by Roger Priddy, where babies can touch and feel different textures, are a great way to help your baby learn new things while having fun.

Black and white contrast books such as "Black & White" by Tana Hoban are highly stimulating for newborns. The bold shapes and high contrast images help babies develop their vision and attention span.

Soft cloth books are another great option, especially for playtime or tummy time. The "Usborne's That's Not My" series is also a great example of soft books, that come in different textures, colors, and shapes. These books are durable and perfect for sensory play and learning.

Finally, taking time to make the storytime experience interactive by talking to your baby and asking questions can help create a positive association with books. Pointing out objects in pictures or repeating simple phrases in stories helps develop your baby's language skills.

In conclusion, there are different kinds of books that are suitable for newborns, ranging from board and interactive books to black and white contrast books and soft cloth books. My advice, based on my experience, is to experiment with different types of books and find what works best for your baby.

hill.alene

Hello there!

As a mother of two lovely children, I completely understand your dilemma. When my daughter was born, I started reading to her from day one. Her favorite book was "Good Night, Gorilla" by Peggy Rathmann. The book has minimal text so it was easy for my newborn to follow along. The storyline conveyed a simple language which helps babies learn early communication skills.

I'd also suggest getting books with a soft plush toy to make storytime even more interactive, as this is a great way for babies to learn new words, shapes, and colors. One such book is "The Very Soft Bunny" by Jellycat, which comes with a cute, super-soft bunny for your baby to play with.

Another book my children enjoyed is "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney. The illustrations are adorable, and the story conveys a beautiful message that showcases the love between a parent and child.

Lastly, I'd recommend considering getting board books with nursery rhymes or songs. "The Wheels on the Bus" by Paul O. Zelinsky and "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" by Jerry Pinkney are great options. Babies enjoy hearing the rhythm and repeating the words, and it helps to develop their language skills.

I hope these suggestions help you build a wonderful library for your newborn!

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