by: Rachel Paxton
When my twin boys were born, I was very excited to read to them.
They had received a lot of neat books as gifts, and I was looking
forward to sharing their books with them.
What I wasn't expecting was them not focusing on a book for more
than a second or two so I could read to them! Reading to babies
can be challenging when there are so many things in the world to
explore, but here are some tips that have worked for me.
There are many different types of books available for babies.
Board books and cloth books work best for babies so they can
handle them and drool on them without doing much damage to them.
If your baby isn't interested in one type of book, keep
introducing different books until you find one he is interested
in. One of my sons loves books with pictures of real babies in
them. He loves to look at their smiling faces. For Christmas he
received a board book called "Tom Arma's Paw Print Parade". Tom
Arma (a famous baby photographer) has a new line of baby board
books available at http://www.amazon.com. My son has another
board book called "Happy Baby Words" from
http://www.priddybooks.com. This book pictures babies getting
dressed, eating, etc. He loves to look at the pictures in that
My other son loves cloth books. Sesame Street has a book called
"Get Dressed with Elmo" that is his favorite. This book is
available at http://www.softplayforkids.com. This is an
interactive book where a toddler can zip zippers, fasten buttons,
attach velcro, etc. A baby can't do these activities, of course,
but my son loves to flip the soft pages and play with the items
in the book.
How to Read to Your Baby
About The Author
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of four. For more
inspirational articles and tips for everyday living, visit