The day that my oldest daughter stopped asking for the same picture book at bedtime every single night? That was a good day.
In this new happy, shiny world of diversified bedtime stories, Abby and I have read classics like Charlotte’s Web and contemporary amazingness like the Penderwicks series, and we’re just finishing up the third Pippi.
But now I find myself back at square zero with little Bailey.
Thankfully, I learned my lesson the first go-round: NEVER let a bad book in the house.
Because if you don’t love it the first time you read it, you’re definitely not going to love it the 600th time.
If you’re wondering what to get your friend or co-worker for her baby shower and the idea of purchasing breast pump parts weirds you out, good quality board books are baby MUST haves. (Then again, if you like the idea of weird gifts at a baby shower, go nuts: 10 Slightly Inappropriate (But Still Awesome) Baby Shower Gifts.)
9 Best Books for Babies That Won’t Make You Crazy
STAB ME IN THE EYE WITH BABY NAIL SCISSORS.
The following books for babies are stories I actually enjoy reading, and you will too. And a happy parent reading = a happy baby listening.
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This is my favorite of all board books I’ve ever read. And I’ve read A LOT.
The story’s cute, but the kicker is the rhythm of the text. It’s just plain fun to read. I have the whole thing memorized, and when Bailey’s fussy in the car, reciting it calms her right down.
This book is a MUST HAVE. I like to buy a copy as a gift for all expecting parents.
Abby loves reading this one to Bailey for the same reason you’ll love it as a tired parent. It has 10 words TOTAL, and 5 of those are the same word over and over.
Curious George can suck it. If you’re looking for a mischievous primate, this gorilla’s got your back.
This kid believes in himself even after everyone important to him – his mom, his dad, his brother – tells him he should give up.
The best part of this book is you don’t have to READ anything.
Babies love to stare at the pictures. Just point at a picture, say the word if you want, and wait til baby is bored with that page and flip it.
Bailey loves to reach out and feel the different textures in this book. Babies are like little scientists, constantly taking in new data.
7. Mouse Paint
This “color” book has an actual storyline – and a clever one at that.
8. Not a Box
Sometimes all you need to keep a baby happy is an empty cardboard box. Or a book about an empty cardboard box.
This one is a little high on the cutesy/adorable meter for my taste, but I love the diversity of babies and families shown in this book. Biological and adopted, breastfed and bottle-fed, two-parent and single-parent, hetero and *gasp* same-sex parents.
Babies don’t judge, and they love looking at all kinds of babies.
Feature photo by Haylee Sherwood.
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