It’s never too early to develop a love of books, right? As your baby bump grows, your baby starts picking up on your voice and the other noises out there. So go ahead, and read to her! Reading to your baby-to-be can help the two of you bond: She’ll get more used to hearing your voice and you’ll totally enjoy spending some mommy-child time together (even if your baby is still on the inside). Before you bring out War and Peace, check out these child-friendly reads that you’ll enjoy reading to baby while you’re pregnant… and once you meet her!
1. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne ($40): Come on — you can’t read to your child and skip out on Winnie the Pooh. The kind of bumble-y little bear is a childhood icon. Forget about the updated, cartoonish versions and go for the real deal. As your baby keeps growing, she can listen (kind of) to the sweet stories of the bear, Piglet, Owl, Kang, Roo, Eeyore, and Tigger. Oh yeah, and Christopher Robin too!
2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd ($9): Full of the perfect poetry to end the day with, this classic book is a wonderful nighttime companion and makes for a fab pre-baby routine-starter. After a long day at work, cozy up in bed and read this timeless tale to your baby-to-be. When your little guy or girl finally gets here, you can keep the tradition up and read this book together every night.
3. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein ($20): This playful poetry book has been a fave since it was published in the ’70s. Silverstein packed this compilation with entertaining and delightful poems that kids of all ages (including your not-yet-born baby) adore. Maybe you have warm, fuzzy memories of reading this book as a child. Or maybe you just have a thing for prose. Whatever the reason, this book is something that both you and your baby can get something out of.
4. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White ($9): Reading to your baby isn’t exactly a one-time-and-you’re-done deal. When a pint-sized pick that only has a dozen pages doesn’t do the trick, this longer read will. There’s no time better than the present to get your child acquainted with the most famous spider in literature, unless you can’t help crying every single time.
5. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss ($10): There’s no way your reading-to-baby list could be complete without a Dr. Seuss book. Your rhythmic rendition of this awesome adventure will perk baby’s developing ears up and get her rolling (or swimming) around in there. If baby’s kicking away when you treat her to this classic, try out Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, or your childhood Dr. Seuss fave.
6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll ($15): It might be years until your baby is actually old enough to appreciate this pick, but this nostalgic, literary read will keep you interested. In a few short months, you’ll be dealing with board books that aren’t exactly page turners. But mama needs some entertainment too. Feel the old school magic of the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts as you bond with your baby.
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