Best Bad-Weather Baby Activity: Reading

mother reading to her childWhen it's cold or rainy or snowy, my favorite activity is turning on a soft-glowing lamp, grabbing a cozy blanket, and reading a book. However, while curling up and relaxing might not be on the docket now, books still are. It's a great way to spend time indoors when the weather won't let you out.

Your baby's favorite books are probably board books, or books with thick, cardboard pages. Board books are not only more durable than books with thin, paper pages, but the thick pages make them easy for your baby to grasp and turn. When they learn they can help read the books by turning the pages and opening surprise flaps, they will enjoy the books even more.

You may also find that your baby likes repetitive books. You know, the ones you can recite by heart, that keep saying the same thing over and over. It's because your baby likes to know what's coming so they can anticipate it. It's exciting for them, even though it may start to haunt your dreams at night.

Another great thing to look for in a board book is textured pages. Maybe the book has a furry cat, or a crinkly parrot. Soon your baby will be feeling all the books you own, expecting a sensory surprise.

Here are some of my recommendations for board books:

Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton
My Babies by Emma Treehouse
Flip Flap Acrobat by Sally Kindberg
Tails by Matthew Van Fleet
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
Noisy Farm by DK Publishing
Peekaboo Kisses by Barney Saltzberg

Another way to make each book special is by getting a little silly. Make exaggerated animal noises (this gets tough when you don't know what sound a giraffe makes…). Do hand gestures or grab little toes or do little dances. Try funny voices. Soon your child will start to anticipate your funny additions, and you'll both get a great laugh. They'll start smiling as soon as you start turning to the last page in the My Babies book because you point to each animal and say “Baaaa! Peep-peep-peep! Moooo!”

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Best Bad-Weather Baby Activity: Reading

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9 comments

  1. LizzieHann says:

    I have read to my daughter ever since she was born. But, my husband hasn’t really sat down to read to her. Whenever he buys books, he keeps saying “I would love to read this to her”. But, once he is home he never does. She has gotten into the habit – mom reads so hit her with a book.

    By the way, if you ask at Wendy’s they should have little books for under 3 years old. She laughs when I make the silly sounds for the short books. Like today, we were reading about cars and whenever I said :Beep Beep’. She belly laughed.

  2. Danielle says:

    good article my children love when I read books to them

  3. Timothy says:

    I really think that we are both to lazy to invest the time to teach signing.

  4. LIZ says:

    i want to show her to enjoy a reading time, but reading paper books like we did

  5. mommy nhoj says:

    I think she’s starting to love the reading time and her books as well 🙂

  6. Alicia says:

    chica Chica boom boom was my favorite when i was little

  7. reading is good for your brain

  8. sheenaholman says:

    I like the fabric books for when they are really young.

  9. Grace says:

    reading can be fun!

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