The Gift of Words: Book Gifts for Newborns and Parents
Selecting books and gifts for newborn babies is one of my most favourite things to do. I actually don’t love newborns…my own were terrifying, and I tend to make other people’s newborns cry. I most certainly am NOT one of those people who wants to hold your newborn baby. However I LOVE buying books for newborns. There is no better gift for a newborn than a book. What better gift than words; beautiful words and beautiful artwork to accompany the words. I’ve had a few emails of late re books for babies and have realised that it’s been ages since I’ve covered this topic. So here are some ideas.
Picture Book Suggestions
I try to steer clear of the obvious baby book titles and go for some of the more obscure classics and modern day classics, ones the new parents will adore reading.
My favourites are in my list here ‘Top Twenty Book Gifts for Babies’ (except there is way more than 20 now).
Board Book Suggestions
As well as beautiful book from the list above, it’s always good to purchase some board books like the ‘That’s My’ books here, a ‘Cozy Classic’ here or a ‘Sophie the Giraffe’ book here. Newborn babies will soon be a few months old and ready to chew on some words. Nothing better than a board book to chew on.
Sibling Book Suggestions
I also like to purchase a book for any older siblings from this list ‘Books for Siblings’.
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Books for New Parents
Feeding a baby takes a LONG TIME. There is so much time to read when you are feeding a baby. Read aloud to the baby and you double the benefits. My new favourite book to give to new parents is this one by the amazing Jackie French, click on the image to read more. My gush about Jackie is here.
And I FIRMLY believe that every Australian parent needs this book. My full GUSH over this book is here.
Don’t forget to Inscribe…
New mothers tend to weep…mostly with exhaustion. Trish made me weep with her inscription when she gave me ‘Puffling’ for Pud.Little Ava, One day you’ll be big enough, tall enough, strong enough and brave enough to leave your nest and take on the world. But, until then, your lovely mum and proud dad will be there for your, and will cherish you. Lucky mum and dad. We’ll be watching. Welcome to the world.
Do make sure you inscribe books for babies with something meaningful to the family and relevant to the book if possible, as Trish has done, quoting some of the text. Inscribed books are treasured forever…read more about that here.
Organic Lovelies to go with Books
If I feel we need to put something with our book gift I tend to choose something from Biome as everything from there smells amazing and is organic and lovely and I spent FAR TOO MUCH time in there when I was a new mum. Dan buys ALL my presents from Biome…when you’re on a good thing why stop is his theory – and I’m happy with that for now! A few baby gifts I have purchased from Biome to match books recently are below – with the book reference. You can click to purchase from them. All images below are from Biome.
Well clearly this went with the Sophie the Giraffe board books. Love these…full review here.
I kind of adore these things, and put this ‘world’ one with ‘Whoever you Are’ which is about being a child of the world.
This one I also put with ‘For All Creatures’ but it would be gorgeous with a bear book like ‘Maudie and Bear’. This one is one of those ‘crinkly’ fabric filled toys but I love it because it’s not hideous colours!
This gorgeous elephant (I LOVE these wooden animals) was to go with ‘Baby Bedtime’.The titles of each book takes you to the Australian based online bookstore Booktopia. You can also compare prices on Fishpond and Bookworld for Australian purchases.If you live in the US or would prefer to use Amazon click here. If you live in the UK or would prefer to use Book Depository click here. Purchases clicked through from the Children’s Books Daily site result in a small commission. Commission is used in part to maintain Children’s Books Daily and to support community groups which connect children with books.