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How To Make A Baby's First Library Gift
Why Choose Books
Books are one of the essentials of childhood; just as babies use toys to help them explore and discover, they use books to learn and find adventure. When you give a special baby in your life books, you are doing so much more than giving a simple gift; you are giving them tools for learning and growing.
How do you make a baby’s first library gift? Either buy it online or read on for some helpful tips.
Get These Books!
Baby Book Suggestions
This gift obviously centers around books. So hit the bookstore and choose several children’s favorites; you can stay with a particular theme or choose a wider selection.
Here are some suggestions:
- Guess How Much I Love You
- Fuzzy Bee and Friends (or other titles from Roger Priddy)
- Sweet Dreams, Mimi
- Pat the Bunny
- Goodnight, Moon
- Goodnight, Gorilla
- Go, Dog, Go
- Baby Faces (DK Books)
- Belly Button Book
- White on Black
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
- Dear Zoo
- More More More Said the Baby
- Kitten’s First Full Moon
- I Kissed the Baby!
- I Went Walking
- My Friend Rabbit
Best Baby Books
Hard or Soft Cover Books?
Many people recommend choosing hard-cover books because they last longer. A word of warning, though: they also cost much more. You may consider, instead, choosing board books. These will stand up to baby usage; they may come out with teeth marks, but they’ll survive, unlike paper books. It is your choice, but board books are incredibly practical for the first several years of a child’s life.
Which do you think are better for baby:
Types of Books to Look For
You are certainly not limited to the books on this list; there are countless titles that will be delightful for baby and her parents during reading time. If you want to stray off the list, by all means!
For the youngest babies, look for those that feature bright, contrasting pictures, which appeals to their developing eyes. You may also want to include a few books with different textures because children learn with all of their senses. Babies respond to books with more pictures than text, bold colors, and baby and animal themes.
The Book Container
You can arrange all of these goodies in a little baby gift basket or another container, such as:
- A plastic crate. These are wonderful for storage, and they make a durable, kid-friendly bookshelf as well.
- A fabric tote bag. Mom and dad can take baby to the library and refill this bag again and again over the years.
- A plastic tote. These are the types of totes you might take to the beach with you; they are lightweight, flexible, portable, and great for storage and transporting books and toys to babysitters, grandmas, or the next room.
Whatever the container, whatever the specific titles, you can be sure baby’s first library gift will provide hours of entertainment, learning, and bonding time for the whole family.
Find a Container
Going Beyond Books
You can complement the books you choose with other toys and items; this reinforces learning and is just plain fun – which is learning too! If you have chosen books that follow a theme, continue this with supplementary items, including:
- CD. If you’ve chosen a bedtime theme, for example, you can include an album of soothing lullabies. If you’ve selected farm animal books, you can certainly find farm songs, too. If there is no theme for your library gift, you are free to choose anything that catches your ear.
- Stuffed buddy. Again, choose a buddy that complements one or more of the books. A bunny for Guess How Much I Love You or a fuzzy yellow duck for Fuzzy Duck and Friends.
- Bath squirters. Look for farm or zoo animals or the gang from Sesame Street or Winnie the Pooh. These fun toys can help kids take reading into the tub with them.
Reading Time is Quality Time
In addition to the books and toys, you may want to include a few items to make reading time comfy and cozy for everyone. Try:
- A soft fleecy blanket baby can curl up in and enjoy his favorite books.
- A teething blanket or toy to occupy his mouth and hands while reading.
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