The Best Books for Babies Under 6 Months

How can you help your baby learn from a very early age? What are the best books for baby brain development? What are the best books for babies under six months?

The best books for babies under 6 months expose your baby to new words, sing-song stories capture their attention, and black and white or brightly colored pictures with high contrast help their visual development.


Best Books for Babies Under 6 Months

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As we learned about in my posts about infant visual development and the best learning apps for infants, from 0-2 months, your baby can see primarily in black and white, making high contrast images perfect for story time. At two to four months, your baby will be able to distinguish bright colors. Then, they will begin reaching for things that grab their attention around three to four months and beginning to improve their hand-eye coordination. Around six months, your baby’s sight is about as good as an adult’s.

And as for hearing development (click for related post), at birth, your newborn has a preference for higher-pitched sounds. During their first six months, their ears are developing the ability to hear the same range of things an adult can hear. And their brains are beginning to make the connections between sounds and the people and things who make them, and the meanings of sounds, tone, and cadence in language.

Reading with your baby makes a great activity at any time and any age. You can make reading part of your baby’s bedtime routine.

These make unique books for baby showers. I always see Goodnight Moon, Love You Forever, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear given as gifts at baby showers. But I rarely see these high- contrast books given as gifts at baby showers!

Most of these books have ten pages or less. Short books are perfect as your baby does not have a long attention span. And board books or cloth books are great in case your baby decides they’d rather chew the book!


High Contrast Books for Babies Under 6 Months

Black on White by Tana Hoban

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