5 Reasons to Give a Personalized Baby Book as a Birthday Gift

personalized baby bookParents often exist in what is certainly a survival mode—especially when the baby is still a newborn. Suddenly, though, that once new and helpless baby is rolling over, babbling, and eventually, running through the house…and before you know it, driving off to college. While babies seemingly turn into teens overnight, parents desperately try to lock those early moments into their minds and hearts. A little reminder, like a personalized baby book, can bring those memories and  nostalgia rushing back.

New parents cherish keepsake items that preserve pieces of their child’s infancy. Those early days go by in a flash, and it’s often so easy to take some of those little firsts for granted. But special items—personalized mementos—bring back the happy memories of those sweet baby days.

Personalized baby books that celebrate baby’s favorite characters, milestones or even, yes, sweet stories that encourage potty training, all make great gifts for baby’s first and later birthdays. With a personalized baby book, baby is written into the story. And even when the little one outgrows them, parents can keep the personalized book as a memento to pull out when they want those baby days back for just a few minutes.

While mom and dad will cherish the instant keepsake, baby will appreciate personalized books in other ways:

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1.       Personalized Baby Books Help Build Name Recognition

According to Parenting, babies begin to recognize their name at around 5 or 6 months of age. Writing baby into the book means that baby’s name will be used throughout the story. Parents can use the book to help their little one begin to recognize their name—and the letters within their name.

2.       Achieve New Milestones

Hearing their name read in stories associated with milestone achievements, like going potty, helps build excitement about accomplishing a new skill. While baby may receive the book to celebrate turning one year old, personalized books may be aimed towards toddler-age feats.

3.       Personalized Baby Book Remembering all the ‘Firsts’

“Elmo’s Book of Firsts” commemorates and tracks all those milestones of childhood—including the first day of school. Even the smaller moments are celebrated…like a child’s first tricycle ride and their first playground experience. Children will enjoy flipping through their book throughout their lives and may one day find themselves sharing their book of firsts with their own children.

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4.       Celebrating the Day of Birth

Every child likes to hear the story of the day they were born. Read the story of baby’s journey into the world with a special book honoring their day of birth.  Books about baby’s birth story include a cover page with a special message from mom and dad…or the gift giver.

5.       Becoming a Big Sibling!

Down the road, the first baby may become a Big Brother or Sister! Introduce older siblings to their special role in the family with a personalized book that puts their feelings into words and helps them understand the changes that are happening after the new baby arrives.

Personalized books preserve lasting memories for parents; yet, these books are more than just mementos. Reading personalized baby books to baby helps them work on name recognition, celebrate milestones and even prepare for new roles—like being a big sibling! When a child hears their name integrated into a story with their favorite characters, the book comes to life. Suddenly, the book becomes their story, too…and that book will be a gift that they (or you) will cherish for years!

7 Must-Have Baby Books for Girls

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If there’s going to be a new little girl in your life, baby books for girls are the ideal gift! Reading to children should begin at birth to instill a love of books and to help infants and children develop vocabulary skills.

The books you read to baby will draw smiles, giggles, and maybe even a few claps, pats, and gleeful bounces. And the best baby books for girls encourage her natural exploratory instincts as well as allowing her to be introduced to new characters, words, shapes, and colors.

Books should engage her curiosity, delight her, and make mom and dad happy, too! But baby books for girls go beyond cute, cuddly, and colorful and expand into interactive masterpieces to help her utilize all her senses.

Looking for a few good baby books for girls? Check out these fantastic titles!

1.    Baby Faces by Amy Pixton and Kate Merritt.

She will love looking at all the fun faces of these cutely drawn babies! Parents can imitate the expressions and encourage baby to imitate them, too! The best part of this book, though, is that she can chew on it without worry—Baby Faces is one of the titles in the Indestructible book lines. The board books are durable and, yes, nontoxic and washable.

2.    Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

This is a must-have book for all babies! Pat the Bunny encourages babies to touch and pet the cute white bunny. She will love exploring the furry textures and the adorable bunny found on every page!

3.    Touch and Feel Trucks by DK

Little girls shouldn’t be limited to pink and princesses, and this touch and feel book features awesome trucks that girls and boys might see every day. The textures are unique and encourage her to explore every page. She can even spin the cement mixer!

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4.    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

This cute little caterpillar is also a baby book staple! Eric Carle’s illustrations are bright, bold, and oh so happy! She will love watching the little caterpillar eat through fruit, cake, and much more. Help her learn colors and numbers as you work through the book…and then watch as the little caterpillar turns into a bright beautiful butterfly!

5.    Any Personalized Books

A personalized book makes her a character in the story. She will love hearing her name and seeing her little face as you read through a personalized adventure. And with KD Novelties, they can go on adventures with characters from Sesame Street, Pocahontas, and even Scooby Doo and Garfield.

6.    Spots and Dots (Art Baby) by Chez Picthall

This book will draw her attention with high contrast images, as the book was created for babies aged 6 weeks to 6 months and is artistically designed to engage her visually. While wordless, the pictures have a way of speaking for themselves!

7.    Pop Art Baby by Mudpuppy and Keith Haring

Bold, colorful pop art designs are combined with words that are translated into four languages: English, French, Spanish, and German. Teach her about colors and other languages as she also explores all the bright and happy art.

Use books to help her explore the world and her senses. Baby books for girls should capture their imagination and provide a means to delight their natural curiosity. Introduce her mind to bold artwork, sweet images, interactive textures, and even personalized storylines. Books are a baby’s first glimpse at the wonder and possibilities all around them, so give the gift of a book today!

5 Tips For Helping Kids Learn Language Through Reading

If you’re here you probably know by now that reading to your child and encouraging an early love of reading can set up them up for success later in life. Reading can help kids build crucial critical thinking skills, become more active and successful in social environments, and help them develop an early and more advanced understanding of language.

Reading to your child is nearly as important as just speaking to your child and engaging in daily interaction — it helps them begin to learn the sounds and shapes of letters and words, as well as get used to more complex aspects of language, such as sentence structure and vocabulary. And once your child is old enough to read, they can begin to develop their own language skills alongside you.

Here are 5 tricks to help your kids learn language through reading.

1- Read Stories Aloud to Them

Reading aloud to your child is the first crucial step in helping them develop. By regularly sharing stories with them, you will help them build their own language skills — from learning to recognize words and letters to how to sound out language own their own. When children listen to you read, they reinforce the sounds that are the basic building blocks of language. It will also help them learn more vocabulary, critical thinking skills, and essential communication skills.

2- Have Them Read Aloud to You

Once your child is old enough to begin to read themselves, have them read books aloud to you. It will help them with the more challenging aspects of language development. Reading aloud is a great way to learn to sound out words and recognize new vocabulary you’ve never encountered before. It also helps build crucial communication skills by allowing your child to develop speech patterns and recognize sentence structure as they work to process spelling, punctuation, phonetics, and more.

3- Have Them Describe Pictures to You

If your child is too young to read a book aloud to you, you can still help them develop their language skills by encouraging pretend reading, when a child pages through a book without actually reading it. It’s a sign of pre-literacy and shows that they’re beginning to grasp modes of language and reading/writing. Once they have a bit of a grasp on language, have them describe the pictures in a book to you.

By describing the story through what they see, they’re learning to think critically about the world they encounter and translate it into words, language, and a comprehensible story format. They will be better poised to sound out words and develop reading skills if they’re already shaping language skills through identifying storytelling via images.

4- Discuss the Story After

An essential part of reading to your child is not only reading to them, but discussing the storytelling with them after. Ask them to recount the story to you or to discuss specific scenarios. Probe their understanding of what they read, and help them understand cause and effect, logical reasoning, and critical thinking through discussing the events of the books you read.

Even if it’s a simple picture book, asking your child to explain relationships between characters or why the protagonist makes a certain choice or what happens when they make that choice will help them develop key language skills. It will also form the basis for communication and thinking patterns that are essential in all modes of formal education.

5-  Have them Relate the Story to Their Own Lives

Lastly, when you’re reading to your child, explain to them or have them tell you how a story and its circumstances relates to their own lives. For one, they can find a familiarity of experience in books that will help ease their mind if they’re feeling anxious or alone in certain circumstances. It will also help teach them empathy, as they learn to draw parallels between their lives and the stories of others. Lastly, it will help them build key emotional language skills — if they must relate to and describe the emotional circumstances of fictional characters, then they will learn how to express their own emotions and feelings using words and language as well. It helps them learn healthy habits about expressing themselves from a young age. And if you really want to help them relate to the story, consider buying a personalized book that features them as the main character!

Reading is an essential part of developing your child’s language skills, so use these 5 tips to help them thrive.