When I was still pregnant with my little one, my husband and I were both researching on what to do’s and don’t s. As a first-time parent, we were so excited and both nervous at the same time. I have read articles from Smart Parenting (one of the helpful sites for first-time parents like us) and Reading Rockets about the importance of reading books to babies.
Here are some tips that I have read and indeed works on my little one :
- Read from day one.
I started our reading routine on her early months. And it’s true, young babies respond to the soothing sound of a book being read aloud. This became a daily routine, until one day I just learned that she’s loving and learning from it.
- Share books everyday
Everyday we are reading books to her and before she turned one, she’s choosing a book and letting us read for her. This routine, became a part of her playing time.
- Reread favorites
Her first favorites are : If I were a Ballerina and The Wonderful World of Peekaboo. Since an infant’s vision is still developing, choose books with little or no text ; with big and high-contrast pictures. Also consider books with interactive stuff, such as puppets, mirrors, or peepholes. I highly recommended cloth books.
Eliana still cannot read, but now that she’s 15months old, she is the one getting a book and turning each pages. It makes my heart full.
Here are the list of Eliana’s books :
Pat the Bunny. The original classic “touch and feel” book that has been entertaining babies for over 60 years. It contain things to touch, move and even smell.
Dr. Seuss’s Oh Baby! Go baby!. This Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection inspired by the Seuss’s celebrated classic, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! This is an interactive version, filled with foil, feathers, flaps, slide tabs, and more is a perfect read for your little one on the go.
The Wonderful World of Peekaboo. Cloth book activity book. Filled with peek-a-boo animals in every scene and multi-texture crinkly flaps.
Black & Red & Sometimes White. Cloth book filled with things with black, red and white colors.
I bought it online : Ben&Lily
- Instagram account : @ben.and.lily
Baby Einsteins I See Colors! Baby will love learning colors with this unique die-cut board book. Peek inside and discover the amazing world of colors!
Baby Einsteins Animal Homes. This charming board book introduces young children to different types of animals and the places they live in a fun and interactive way. The unique format, combining delightful illustrations with dramaticclose up photographs, is sure to engage youngsters as they explore eachanimal’s home.
I bought it on an office fair : Ogolala World
- Instagram account : @ogalalaworld
I Love My Puppy. Special touch and feel book for dog lovers book by Caroline Jayne Church.
Giggle! Cherish the laughter-filled moments of childhood with your little one in GIGGLE, a novelty sound book by Caroline Jayne Church.
Sweet Child of Mine. An endearing and enduring story of love from bestselling author and illustrator Caroline Jayne Church. Caroline Jayne Church returns with an emotional story that proves no matter how much things in life change, one thing lasts forever: a parent’s love.
I bought it online : Happy Bub
- Instagram account : @happybub_ph
Let’s go to the Farm with Eliana Laila. It is a handmade personalized cloth book. It it a 10-pages cloth book that shows farm animals.
I bought it online : Quack and Meow
- Instagram account : @quackandmeow
These were all the books of Eliana so far. Yes! still few but eventually as she grows older, will add one book at a time. The most important thing is she loves her books and learning from it.
Not included above :
If I were a Ballerina. This beautiful book describes every little girl’s dream! The charming text gives you a list of everything you need to become a ballerina.
If I were a Fairy This beautiful book describes every little girl’s dream! The charming text gives you a list of everything you need to become a fairy.
I bought it at : National Bookstore
- Instagram account : @nationalbookstore and @nbsalert
Stories of Jesus Mini Library. Small compilation of Jesus stories for toddlers. Given by her Tita Ninang Lana.
Parents are a child’s first teacher, and there are many simple things you can do every day to share the joy of reading while strengthening your child’s literacy skills. ~ Reading Rockets