Best books for babies 0-6 months: When to start reading to your baby
If you have an infant, you might be wondering when to start searching for the best books for babies 0-6 months. The answer is now! According to our friends at Zero to Three, reading to babies is important because the roots of language are developing in babies’ brain even before they can talk! The more words babies hears over time, the more words they learn.
At this age, your baby enjoys your company and the sounds of your voice and words, even though they may seem too little to understand. At this age, babies may come to recognize the book-sharing routine by calming, widening their eyes, or smiling and kicking to show excitement. Babies will also want to explore books through their senses by grabbing and chewing on the book. They may not pay attention to the whole story, so take a break when they get bored (looking away, arching back, closing eyes, crying). Here are some best books for babies 0-6 months that will carry you from birth to six months!
1. Black and white high contrast books
The black and white photos with contrasting images are easier for your infant to focus on. Newborns can see most clearly up to about `12 in. After that, things get to be a bit of a blur. Black and white high contrast books can help encourage their vision development. This is why we find these are the best books for babies 0-6 months.
2. Crinkle books
Books that have texture or make noise will get your baby’s attention. That alone makes it one of the best books for babies 0-6 months. As they get older, you’ll be amazed to see how they interact with the same book, differently!
3. Books with babies’ faces
Babies love to look at faces, especially those of other babies! Describe the emotions each baby is displaying. Being overly dramatic will help keep your baby engaged. We find that these types of books are one of the best books for babies 0-6 months.
- You don’t need a pro-tip. If you are making time to read to your baby at this age, you are a ROCKSTAR. 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
- If you really want to read to your baby but can’t find time to do so, ask grandpa/grandma or another special person in your life to tell your baby a story. ‘When I was your age I walked 5 miles in your shoes’, is a good one. It’s also funny because your baby can’t walk yet and therefore can’t relate. Nevertheless, stories like this will help your baby’s brain develop and that’s something to feel good about. Same goal, different way to get there. ROCKSTAR status achieved. 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
Best books for older babies
Have older kids? Check out the best books for ages 6-12 months