As a mom-to-be I reunited my love affair with books. The following books have some invaluable information about preparing foods at home for baby, as well as different milestones and developmental ‘leaps’ which helps parents anticipate difficult growth spurts, sleep regressions, etc. Any books you chose will be fine, these are my personal favorites. Please comment if you have suggestions for me and I’ll check them out!
Our family has decided on stay-at-home preschool for our child, with supplementary social activities; in our family, reading is an important part of each day, and we strive for 10-20 minutes a day with our nine month old.
In a perfect world, I would read twenty minutes but right now that is akin to pulling teeth – he is not a fan of story books, which completely caught me off guard – though he is the inspiration for so many of my ‘interactive reading’ ideas on this site. We try to keep it fun for him and introduce new books each week, following his lead on what he enjoys.
Here are a few select books that I found helpful as a new mom; I hope you can find some useful information here as well.
Books For Parents
“In this insightful and optimistic guide, Matthews and Foster explore the premise that all children have the potential to be creative, self-reliant, and innovative thinkers…Throughout, the authors helpfully redefine familiar terms. Creativity, for example…is expressed through bringing together competence at a given task with novel insights and critical analysis. Parents everywhere will be edified and empowered by this inspiring book.”
“Pediatrician Dr. Alanna Levine, author of Raising a Self-Reliant Child, offers a refreshing and authoritative new voice in the parenting arena. Her commonsense approach finds a healthy balance between the overindulgence of free-range kids and the strict control of tiger moms and dads, instead focusing on back-to-basics parenting strategies for raising self-reliant children from the start.”
“An international bestseller, How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way adapts Montessori teachings for easy use at home. Packed with Montessori-based preschool activities and educational games that build confidence and independence through active learning, this authoritative illustrated guide helps raise self-reliant and creative children. Celebrate physical and intellectual milestones from birth to age six with activity checklists, and encourage development through proven child-centered teaching methods.”
“While ready-made baby food is a convenience that every parent can appreciate, feeding everyday fresh foods is the best way to teach a child healthy eating habits and an appreciation for good food from the cradle onwards. The 80 recipes in Cooking for Baby make preparing delicious meals for babies and toddlers a simple matter, even for busy parents. The recipes are organised by age, showing how to introduce cereal grains and simple vegetable and fruit purees at 6 months, how to move on to meats, pulses and chunkier foods by 8 or 9 months, and how to graduate to real meals for toddlers 12 to 18 months to enjoy along with the entire family.”
Interactive Story Time Ideas
A “books for baby” list would get out of control with our ever-growing collection and weekly library trips! For simplicity’s sake I will add our favorite “interactive story” ideas and video links here as we create them.
A baby’s first book should be read in utero – not only is this a great way for the non-birth parent to bond with the baby before he or she makes their grand appearance, but studies show babies are already beginning to learn and bond with the parent’s voice. It is also beneficial for the parent, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, and facilitating early bonding. If you feel too silly to read to your bump, try singing along to some music!
This is a period where passive reading is most prevalent. Your baby may not seem interested, or may daydream or doze off during these early readings. This is a good time to introduce reading as part of a routine, such as a story before bedtimes. Your baby enjoys your voice, it is extremely soothing to them and the most simple designs and shorter length readings are best at this stage.
My baby really started to be interested in the touch-and-feel books as well as the lift-the-flap books. We also introduced “circle time” story time, with interactive story pieces to go along with our readings. This opened up a whole new world of creativity, and he really enjoys his morning nursery rhyme and story time right now! Some of our favorites:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle – w/ Popsicle Stick Puppets
Old MacDonald – w/ Felt Board and Animals
Five Little Ducks – w/ Dollar Tree Duck Family
Felt Cutting Tutorial from MommaAMommaB:
We were gifted Lamaze books by our donor family, and they remain a favorite at 8 months! At six months he really enjoyed watching moms lift the crinkly flaps and exclaim “peek a boo!” Now when we ask “where’s the [animal]?” he will lift the flaps and beam with pride. Still waiting for the “peek a boo” from him! These soft style books stay in his toy bin, so he always has access to them.
“The Lamaze Infant Development System introduces a comprehensive collection of developmental books designed to help parents and gift-givers choose the right book at the right time. Designed with input from respected child development experts, the program offers books featuring washable fabrics, durable pages, bright contrasting colors, and specially designed developmental features that make it fun for babies and toddlers to discover, learn, and read. Peek-a-Boo forest is a cloth book about different animals in the forest and has a fun, crinkly plush owl on the cover. Each page features a fun peek-a-boo flap and stimulating bright colors.” From amazon.com
We aren’t there yet (we will be, soon)!