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Babies are fascinated by their environment right from the very first day. Many new impressions need to be processed on a daily basis. With every new day and every new developmental step, your little one’s understanding of the world and its place grows. Books can help promote baby’s individual development not just in terms of his language development - provided you select an age-appropriate book which is adapted to your child’s respective developmental steps. More information >
Naturally, babies don’t have any text comprehension, so why would you introduce your little one to books already during his first months of life? The answer is quite simple: Books supply even the youngest among us with much more than just entertaining texts. Being made of different materials such as cardboard, paper, fabric or synthetic materials, books are perfect for encouraging your little one to discover and explore them literally with all his senses. Books for babies are designed to be particularly resilient, because they loves to chew on them and seize and hold them enthusiastically with their small hands. Furthermore, books provide babies with a high level of entertainment, excitement, fun and variety – whether that be at home or on the go while travelling. But books can do a lot more than that for your baby:
In addition to this, children at any age find a daily routine which includes reading books and looking at pictures in them quite relaxing and calming, because this is the time in which mom and dad spend their time only with them. Looking at the pictures in the books together with mom and dad while sitting on their lap, conveys proximity and makes them feel safe and comfortable. This can have positive effects on your child’s psychological development and also establishes a life-long love for books.
Especially older children find it exciting to follow a story and get to know new characters. This doesn’t mean that buying books for your baby is not worth it. Babies basically regard books as nothing more than funny toys, but books at this early stage can provide a good foundation for them to enjoy reading for their whole life. Already the smallest among us love rhymes and melodies that are particularly common in baby books. In other words: There is no minimum age for children’s books. Books can accompany your child right from birth and up throughout every developmental stage.
If a baby is interested in a book largely depends on whether your little one feels addressed by the book’s story or images. In other words: only books which come in age-appropriate designs and feature illustrations are most suitable. The first high-contrast picture books are available for newborns and babies at the age of three months and up. Furthermore, touch and feel books and others which feature little toys, chains, mirrors and other exciting extras are very popular for this age group.
Parents of children at the age of three and six months are recommended to get touch and feel books as well as picture books with simple but high-contrast illustrations.
Children at the age of about nine months and up are particularly interested in interactive games, colours, rhymes and books that feature first words. Even though your little one does not yet speak – with the support of age-appropriate and lovingly designed books, his vocabulary will be trained and extended every single day.
The first real stories will be understood by your little one in the transition between babyhood and infancy which is approximately around his twelfth month of life. At this point it is time for your little one’s first books made of cardboard which illustrate and explain everyday situations and thus help your child understand the world a little better.
In order to make sure that books do not become a security risk for your child, parents should take a closer look at the book they opt for. A book for babies should always be robust and tear proof while still being handy and easy to hold at the same time. In the best case, the book comes with rounded corners, can be wiped clean easily and features a child-oriented and age-appropriate design. Parents should also pay attention to the toys and figures that may come with the book – these additional items should be attached to the book safely and not pose a risk to your child. If the book is free from harmful substances, toxic paints, irritant adhesives and BPA, it is safe and thus can be recommended for being used by the little ones.
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