In the film “Look Who’s Talking”, we were given a glimpse of what’s inside babies’ heads and how they would react to a particular situation. Of course, the whole story is fictional but, what if kids could really talk whatever it is in their minds? Wouldn’t that be simply amazing? Before we start imagining about the possibilities, it is best reading first to our youngsters some of the 10 best baby books in 2017. We guarantee you these will lay the foundation for their optimum development and growth.
How We Chose the Amazing Books for Babies in Our List
It’s quite tricky picking out the baby book that will have to be included in this particular list. We already had an idea of how to approach the particular subject but we wanted to make sure. As such, we sought the advice of our resident child psychologist to get a firmer understanding on how the task can be completed. We knew that children below 18 months of age don’t have the necessary pre-reading skills yet so we had to always keep this in mind. However, we also knew that infants are rapidly developing their senses so the more senses they use in storytelling sessions can definitely help them. This became the focus of our search. The greater sensory stimulation the baby book is able to provide, the greater is the likelihood that it will land a place in our final list. In line with their sensory development needs, the book must also be able to help them build their vocabulary as a stepping stone to effective language development.
Helping us validate our initial search were the comments and feedbacks of moms and dads as well as grannies and grandpas out who were so kind enough to let their voices heard regarding their children’s and grandchildren’s experiences with these books. While we strived to include only those with at least 4 star customer ratings, we still evaluated each of these feedbacks especially any negative comments about the publication. We know that some parents sometimes forget that these are for babies and not for adults. So, if they are expecting the content to be somewhat of a novel, we usually struck this negative comment out as inappropriate for the simple fact that kids’ books don’t need to be as grammatically correct as novels.
The manufacturer, publisher, or author’s reputation was also considered. While new writers can create a masterpiece of their own, we would rather include an author who has been writing children’s books for a long time. At any rate, this gave us the assurance that the content you’ll be reading to your baby is developed specifically for babies by someone who truly understands how babies learn.
Why We Need to Read to Our Babies
We all know what reading books can provide especially to our children who are already in school. Unfortunately, there are some parents who think that babies, because they cannot read yet, are still too young to be reading books. While they cannot read yet, we can for them. Even newborns can benefit a lot from our reading to them. If this is true, just imagine what reading can do for our babies. Here are some of the wonderful benefits of reading to our infants.
- Promotes parent-infant bond – Reading to babies is a lot different than reading to an older child. We carry our babies and have them on our laps. This promotes parent-child bonding which can become the foundation for a healthier relationship between us and our kids. More importantly, this helps establish a more stable emotional and social development among our children.
- Stimulates the senses – Different textures, colors, shapes, and sounds provide the necessary sensory stimulation that infants need to ensure optimum brain development. By employing as many of their senses, infants are able to integrate all of these pieces of information into one fantastic experience.
- Stimulates imagination – While it is true that infants cannot talk yet, it doesn’t mean their brains are not yet working. We are laying the foundation for their imaginative abilities whenever we read to them. This is crucial for creativity and problem solving capabilities in later childhood.
- Promotes listening – Part of communication is listening. When we read to our infants, we are inherently teaching them how to listen to every word that comes from our mouth. They listen to how we produce sounds.
- Builds vocabulary – It would be quite difficult to communicate with others if we know only a few words. A good stepping stone to effective communication is a wide vocabulary. Reading to our kids can help them expand this.
The Bottom Line
Newborns and babies alike can benefit from our reading to them. With our 10 cool baby books, you can be sure your infant is on the right track to optimum language, cognitive, social, speech, communication, and social development.