A love of reading doesn’t have to start at a young age. Books can help your baby’s brain grow at every stage of their development.
The first year of a baby’s life is a lot of work. As soon as they start to interact with the world around them, their little brains are always running. That’s one of the first things you should do with your baby. Even though each baby grows at a different pace, there is one thing to do together: read your baby’s first book. Then, here are our top picks for each stage of your baby’s first year.
Books for your newborn (0-3 months)
Baby Touch: My First Book: a black-and-white cloth book(2020)
In the beginning, babies only see in black and white. The monochrome illustrations in My First Book are great for helping a newborn baby see. For babies who are months old, simple images and touch-and-feel patches provide a multisensory experience, as well as a way to help them pay attention and focus their attention. Plus, it’s made of padded cloth, so it’s even more safe to eat.
Baby Touch: A black-and-white buggy book(2021)
Keep this book close to you when you go out. The friendly faces in this book will keep your child’s attention even if there is a lot going on around them. This book was made for babies who are still learning how to see. The thick pages mean the book can handle a few drops, knocks, and bites, and the detachable clip and strap make it easier to carry when you already have a lot of things to carry.
Baby Touch: Faces: a black-and-white book(2019)
People have told you before that in the first few months of a baby’s life, their eyes are still growing. So, as their eyes get used to seeing in black and white and high contrast colors like yellow and red, they see these colors in many of theBaby Touch books. Baby Touch: Faces is meant to help babies learn how to see. It uses simple images to show different faces and expressions, including your baby’s own.
Baby Touch: Vehicles: a black-and-white book(2021)
This is how it sounds: Vroom, vroom! Babies will love this wheely, fun black-and-white book that helps them improve their eyesight from the start. There are boats, diggers, buses, and bikes in this book, as well as some people you can wave to as you go through it. The simple text will also help children as they start to learn new words so that they can find vehicles in the big wide world.
Books for your infant (3-6 months)
Baby Touch: Tummy Time(2020)
This is called “tummy time,” and it can help a baby strengthen their head, neck, and back, as well as learn important motor skills. Even though it’s hard to keep a baby entertained while they’re on their backs, this sturdy board book has the answer! If you want to use Baby Touch: Tummy Time while your baby is on their tummy, the pages can be tied together with a ribbon. This makes it easy to use even if your baby is on their tummy.
Baby Touch: Pets(2021)
Even if your child doesn’t have a lot of pets, this book is a must-have. They will touch and stroke all kinds of things in this book. They will also meet a wide range of animals. The simple text and bold pictures will keep your child interested as they see a goldfish that sparkles, a lizard that moves, and a fluffy dog. They will also learn about the importance of being kind to each other.
Baby Touch: Peekaboo(2019)
As with other books in Ladybird’sBaby Touch series, this one is very tactile. It has a lot of different textures to look at and touch. The large flaps are great for peekaboo games, which help young babies learn about the world around them.
Baby Touch: Playbook(2019)
This playbook has a lot of pictures to look at, holes to look through, textures to touch, and even a mirror to look at. It has friendly animals and interesting characters of all shapes and sizes, from elephants to bees. You can read this with your 3-6-month-old and let them play with the different textures and flaps as you look at the pages together.
Books for your baby (6-12 months)
Baby Touch: Night Night(2020)
Help getting them to settle down? Everyone who is a new parent will love this little book. It will be their favorite bedtime story. Soothing text and star-shaped peepholes make Night Night a great book to read to a baby or toddler to help them sleep, and the colors fade from light to dark as you read.
Baby Touch: Animals Tab Book(2019)
In this book, use the animal-shaped tabs to flip through the pages and introduce your baby to some cute animals, like penguins, frogs, or even lion and tigers. This board book is strong enough to last even the most enthusiastic young reader. It has a lot of places to touch and talk about, as well as beautiful pictures to look at. Each page talks about a different kind of animal, from pets to farm animals to animals that live in the sea. This makes it a great first-word book.
Baby Touch: Fairy Tales(2021)
It’s a great way to show your kids some of the best-known characters in children’s literature with this bright and fun board book. The easy-to-grab tabs and textured patches will help your baby learn about the world around them. There will also be a lot of color in the illustrations of fairy tales like Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood.
Gift books for new arrivals
Baby Touch: Ears(2020)
It’s a fun book from Baby Touch that has a different pair of ears on each page. This book is meant to help babies develop their senses. It is made of soft padded cloth with no hard edges, is soft and cuddly, and can be machine washed at 30 degrees. Baby Touch: Tails! is another game for kids to play if they get tired of pulling on ears.
Baby Touch: Hello, Daddy! (2020)
It’s a book for new parents and their babies that will make them both happy. Together, hug and neigh with daddy horse, then roar with daddy tiger. Finally, make sure you wave to yourself in the mirror.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: Ladybird Touch and Feel Rhymes(2016)
Having a good bedtime routine is an important part of making sure your child has good sleep habits. What better way to put your child to sleep than with a favorite nursery rhyme? Loved songs for bedtime, like Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Wee Willie Winkie, are included in this set. Friendly characters and interesting textures also make babies want to look at the pictures and listen to the songs.
Baby Touch: Colours(2019)
You can touch and feel the colors of the rainbow in this playbook. It would look great on a nursery book shelf. Designed for babies to play with from the moment they are born, this book is part of the Baby Touch range. It encourages interaction and play even for babies who are very young. Toddlers will also enjoy learning about the colors and feeling and touching the different things and textures on each page of the book, as well.
Baby Touch: Shapes(2019)
This fun book is a great gift for a baby’s first year. It has bright colors and interesting textures that will be fun for babies to look at and touch. The touch-and-feel panels on each double-page will also stimulate their senses and make them want to play. Young explorers will find that there is even more to learn about shapes as they get older. They will start to learn about squares, circles, triangles, and stars when they get older.