Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Read to Me, Mommy (Part 3: For Babies 5-12 months)

When my baby girl turned five months, she was lot more active and interactive. So when it came to reading time, I felt that I needed to up my game a little bit and introduce her to books that were more interactive and fun for her.

We had a wide selection of books, but she had her favorites. Here were some of our staples from five to 12 months:

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

As a newborn, she didn’t seem to pay attention to this book, but as an older baby, she seemed to really take a liking to it. Because she discovered a love for eating, she was fascinated with all the different kinds of foods the caterpillar ate. That aside, this book is a classic. It features beautiful art work by Eric Carle and it teaches children about counting, the days of the week, and the stages in the life of a butterfly. This is a book, I believe, every child’s library should have.

2. Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada by Jimmy Fallon

My husband and I were on a friendly race to teach our daughter to say Dada or Mama as her first word, hence, he got her this book to get to her first. While her first word was (I’m proud to say) “Mama”, this is still a very enjoyable book for both daddy and baby. While it teaches babies to say “Dada”, it also teaches them about animals and their sounds. Our baby girl would coo with delight when this book was read to her… That and we are big fans of Jimmy Fallon.

3. Where is Baby’s Belly Button by Karen Katz

For some strange reason, our baby girl became so fascinated with her belly button. So when we introduced this book to her, she was really delighted. It is a lift-the-flap kind of book that teaches babies about the different parts of their body: eyes, mouth, feet, hands, and belly button. The reason our baby girl loves this book so much… it’s like playing peek-a-boo!

4. Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

Another fun and interactive book by Karen Katz, our baby girl was simply tickled by this book. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your baby. Each page features how many kisses a baby needs to go through the day, and you will be counting kisses along the way until it is time to give a kiss to baby’s sleepy dreamy head. This also makes for a great bedtime book.

5. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Here’s another classic that should go into every child’s little library. We would read this before she takes a nap and before she goes to sleep at night. It’s a perfect bedtime story as it goes through the ritual of saying good night to everything around. The colors of this book are very bold so it draws children in to the pictures and the little details. “Good night, moon. Good night, cow jumping over the moon.”

6. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can you? by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss was right! It is a book of wonderful noises. And what a fun book it was for our baby girl to listen to. The story follows a man named Mr. Brown who can make a variety of noises. He can “moo moo” like a cow, “cock a doodle doo” like a rooster, and “dibble dibble dibble dopp” like the rain to name a few.
What I enjoyed most about reading to my baby girl was her reaction. I came from reading to a baby who would just listen, to someone who would coo and giggle at the books she enjoys. And as we read more, I also notice that she would talk more.

So keep reading to your little ones. And stay tuned for more book recommendations (for toddlers).

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