Best Baby Books of 2018
Picture this: A quiet early morning, soft rays of sunshine peeking through the curtains of your baby’s nursery, and hearing the coos and sweet noises of your little one as you read them their favorite book. There is something serene, calming, and peaceful about those quiet moments and those sweet memories made.
Those are the times I remember just closing my eyes and thanking God for allowing me to have this time with my little ones. Thanking Him for the connection that a simple book could bring us. Those are the moments I will always want to get back when my babies are grown.
Now, it’s not always so peaceful and calm, am I right? Sometimes it’s your toddler bringing you five books and wanting to read each one three or four times, and you just can’t get out of your head the dishes, laundry, and mess that need tending to. Trust me I have been there and more than once!
Health & Growth Benefits
I want to emphasize the importance of how good it is for your little one to hear you read to them. Not only for the connections and memories, but also for their brain development.
Being read to, in turn, helps your baby build a network of words in their brain. Studies have shown that babies who are read to on a regular basis are more likely to develop improved language skills and an increased interest in reading. This causes a domino effect for the rest of his/her life. It helps them in preschool, which then helps them in kindergarten, which then helps them in elementary school, and so on and so forth. Reading to your child goes way beyond the present memories being made. It builds something in them that we could never recreate as they get older.
Okay, so we have gone over the two major important reasons to read to your baby. Now let’s get into the fun part, the Best Baby Books of 2018!
Talk about an educational book that is jam-packed of all the essential words your baby will need to learn in the first years of his/her life. Words related to food, clothes, animals, colors and more. The author has cleverly designed this book to keep your baby interested as well as educated.
This book brings the big, colorful, noisy city to life all while teaching your child simple phrases in English and Spanish. Big pictures in primary color outlined in black with intrigue your child as they learn about a busy urban environment.
Author, Tana Hoban, has created this large board book with 34 black and white high-contrast images to intrigue babies and very young children. Before babies are able to see colors, they respond to the high contrast between black and white, and that helps the development of their retina and optic nerve. This would make a great gift to parents of a newborn!
Cat Nap, by Toni Yuly:
Talk about a book we can relate to, mamas! The author has fun demonstrating the essence of motherhood. This is a story about a Cat who wants her Kitten to settle down, but the Kitten has other ideas! While this is a fun filled book of bold art and charming language, it is also educational in teaching your child about opposites (big/little, black/white, sleepy/awake).
Getting Ready is a book all about starting off your child’s day. What are we going to wear? What is for breakfast? Where are we going? The author developed this book with the help of other children and designed it for all young readers. This book will get your child thinking and help in their planning skills as they get older.
There is a world full of books just waiting to help your child learn who they are, what they want to be and give you the opportunity to share the journey with them. Remember to enjoy these moments, mama! We won’t get them back.