Like every other DIY mom (Do it yourself mom) after my son was born I was inundated with the all the pee, potty and the countless other things to do for the baby. I was too paranoid to let go any of it (quite a common symptom among first time mothers).
But when my son turned 6 months and could sit with support, I thought maybe it's time to get him some activity beyond crawling, rattle toys and musical CDs, and I thought let it be books. I have had vague childhood memories of picture board books of animals, flowers, birds, vehicles etc from the popular publishers so, I went to a nearby market and got one of each of the kinds. Among all the books, given below are some books that you could read to your 6 months old baby.
That was my first step into the journey of Children's books. So now while the little mister was trying to crawl or sit or just laze around, these books would be our company everywhere we went. I would keep showing these to him and kept telling him the names of each of these in Gujarati, Bengali and English (the 3 languages known to me). This was just the beginning as then we moved on to just all kinds of available books like
I too got latched on to it as each kind of book had a special charm for us. Here are my picks for the very first reads of a child's life:
1. Cloth books: The best part about cloth books is that they can be cleaned easily (perfectly safe for that phase when everything has to be first tasted), perfect for some solo baby time (when mommy has to leave for a quick shower or to relieve herself)
2. Touch and Feel board books were a part of our routine from around 7 to 8 months to even now (about to be 3). Initially they were basic ones with just different surfaces now we have touch and feel books with a story line, though there are days when we just fish out for the old ones, flip pages and hang around with them for a while.
3. Mirror books: We started with just trying to grab the shining mirror surfaces, moving on to trying to figure out who is that other one in the mirror to now making faces and deciding which looks the best of all (irrespective of what the book is all about). Nevertheless, it's very engaging for the child.
4. Rattle books: These books with lovely large pictures have engaged us more because of the sound they make than their beautiful illustrations.
Apart from these we also got a few story books and rhymes books to help me read or sing them out to him.
This of course is just the beginning to the various types I have encountered in the last few years.
The beauty about all these books was that more than anything I felt connected to my little one in a very special way, it was an activity we just did with no agenda (most things we do with our children is with an agenda in mind cleaning, bathing there is always an end result, but reading was something that completely relaxed us.) Even now, the time before we go to bed is the best part of my day and I hate trading it for any social or professional commitment. Creating those moments when there is no agenda is what both of us value.
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