baby looking at bookWhen choosing books for babies, look for:

  • books with pictures of other babies
  • rhythm and rhyme
  • bright, bold pictures & simple text
  • repetition

Tips: Snuggle with your baby and read for a short time. Many short exposures is better than one long reading time. Stop when your baby tells you she’s done. Singing songs and reciting nursery rhymes throughout the day is another great way to “read” to a baby. Follow your baby’s lead!

Books We Recommend

The Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O’Connell

Baby Faces by Margaret Miller

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

Global Babies by Global Fund for Children

I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy

Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora

Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz

Action Rhymes and Songs

Pat A Cake

Pat a cake, pat a cake, baker’s man. Bake me a cake as fast as you can! Roll it (roll arms), pat it (pat legs) and mark it with a B (draw on baby’s back); Put it in the oven for Baby and Me!

Mama’s Little Baby

Mama’s Little Baby Loves Clapping!

Mama’s little baby loves clapping, clapping
Mama’s little baby loves clapping fast!

Mama’s little baby loves clapping, clapping
Mama’s little baby loves clapping slow

Down By the Station 
Down by the station, early in the morning.
See the little puffer-billies all in a row.
See the station master pull his little lever.
Chug, chug, toot, toot-
Off we go!

Trot, Trot

Trot, trot to London, Trot, trot to Dover, Look out, baby or you might fall over!

Trot, trot to Boston, Trot, trot to Lynn, Look out, baby or you might fall in!

These Are Baby’s Fingers
These are baby’s fingers, (touch baby’s fingers)
These are baby’s toes, (touch baby’s toes)
This is baby’s belly button- (point to belly button)
Round and round it goes. (circle belly button with your finger)

Simple Games

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Peek-a-Boo Scarf: Feed a scarf through a paper towel tube. Now make it appear and disappear for baby. Let her pull scarf through tube, then pull it back through again. Where’s the scarf? Peek-a- boo!

Tissue Box Surprise: Put scarves or bandanas in a tissue box and let baby pull them out.

Surprise Box: Find a box with an easy opening top and put small objects in it for baby to find when she opens the box. Use baby toys or small (safe) objects from the kitchen- measuring spoons and measure cups are great choices