It’s mesmerizing to see our little ones grow and learn things at a surprising speed everyday. Once they turn a year old, their mental development takes a major leap and they learn a variety of things/skills super quickly. By the time baby Boo was 13 months old, she could bring the exact book I would ask her to get. She didn’t just know the title and content of each of her books well, but could also identify them from their back covers. Pro-tip: If possible, invest in an open, front facing, floor length and accessible book rack.
Our favorite books from our current stage (12-18m) are:
1. Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, What Can You See? by Jo Lodge
We received this book on her first birthday and I’m short of words to describe how much Boo loves this one. It has little holes for movement of flaps which results in animation-like effect. She reads/plays with this book almost everyday.
2. Busy Zoo by Campbell
This book is very similar to the previous one or maybe a little more advanced version of it. It’s because of this book that she knows to identify tortoise, hamster, parrot, chameleon, rabbit and so many other animals. Definitely worth investing in!
3. Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon is a perfect bedtime read! Dark pictures with minimal words to both indulge the baby and also prevent him from getting overly-engrossed in the story-line.
4. The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Although, I’ve heard better reviews of other books by this author, I went ahead with this specific one and I’m so happy that my girl loves it. More than the story-line, it’s colorful pictures of animals that attracts her attention. It was on a massive discount when I purchased it, and I found it to be worth each penny spent.
However, you can definitely consider these books too:
Here are some books that are in my cart and I’m buying them soon. I’d suggest you to check these too, they seem to be wonderful.
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For the first 6 months, Baby Boo would just curiously look at books when we read to her. Maybe occasionally smile, but that was about it. The real fun began when she turned around 7-months old. She started to flip pages, showed interest in knowing what’s on the next page, would bang her hands on pictures that she loved and always had a huge smile on her face when she was read to.
Some of our favorites from that stage were:
1.Where is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz
If you’ve been watching our Instagram stories, you probably know Boo’s love for this book. In fact, this book was her absolute favorite. She loved to lift the flaps and look at different babies on each page. If your child is 7-8 months old, I’d highly recommend this book.
2. Moo Baa LaLaLa by Sandra Bonyton
This was our second favorite book. In fact, one of the first words she learnt to speak was ‘moo’ which she picked up from this book itself. Again, an amazing book for kids above 6 months of age.
3. Is This My Nose?
I purchased this one randomly from a Facebook store of pre-loved books, and I can’t thank my stars enough for picking this book. Even today, she often reaches out to this one! This book helped us a lot while we were teaching her parts of the body.
4. Dr. Suess’s ABC
At first, I found the book to complex for young minds, but surprisingly, she loves it so much that it made it to our list of favorites. The rhymes and questions it has quickly make babies fall in love with this book.
5. ABC by Alphaprints
We love this book for the fact that it has huge-sized finger-prints with touch and feel textures on each page along with the names and pictures of animals beginning from that letter. A much better way of teaching kids ABC.
There are many other wonderful books apt for this age, but these were the ones we purchased and loved.
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It’s never too early to read to our little ones. We introduced Baby Boo to books when she was 1.5 months old and since then, books have been an integral part of her daily routine. In fact, we preferred investing in children’s books over toys because children at that age don’t really understand the concept of playing with toys expect for rattles (which we received a box-ful of :p)
Without wasting much of your time, let me quickly share our favorite books that are apt for 0-6m old babies:
In fact, in my opinion, if you have just these five books, you’re sorted for the first 6 months:
1. Ladybird Board-books: These books are perfect for newborns. At this age, it’s best to buy sturdy and colorful board books which have minimal text and touch and feel portions in it. Most of the books by Ladybird in this range also have a mirror, which babies love! I’ve linked two of their best sellers below: Peekaboo and Playbook
Pro-tip: Prefer board-books only until they turn 2 years old.
2. Fabric/Cloth Books
Fabric books are often made with a variety of textures and have pockets filled with sound-making papers that babies tend to love. We purchased ‘Snuggle Book’, again from Ladybird Publications and it was a hit with her during the first 6 months. I have no idea if it’s still available on Amazon, but if it isn’t, you can definitely consider getting some other fabric/cloth book of your choice.
3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This classic picture book has been a favorite of many for decades and I wasn’t surprised to see how much my girl loved it too! A must have in your little reader’s collection!
4. First 100 Words by Roger Priddy
This tiny cushioned board book is so colorful and has a variety of objects to look at. It is one of our travel favorites!
5. Foam Books
I purchased a set of 6 foam books from an Instagram store which doubled as teethers too. Unfortunately, they aren’t available online and the store is no more functional. Nonetheless, if you happen to come across foam books, I’d highly recommend investing in them.
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