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Best Books For Every Baby Stage

0-3 months

Your baby...

  • can distinguish primary hues from each other
  • responds to black and white
  • loves your voice

so she'll love...

  • contrasting colors
  • black-and-white illustrations
  • books with one word on each page

such as...

  • Barnyard Banter, by Denise Fleming
  • White on Black, by Tana Hoban
  • What's Up, Duck?, by Tad Hills



3-6 months

Your baby...

  • has depth perception and, at 4 months, can see details
  • has a strong sense of smell
  • reaches for objects

so she'll love...

  • photos of babies making different expressions
  • scents
  • textures

such as...

  • Baby Faces, by Ben Argueta
  • Scratch and Sniff: Garden, by DK Publishing
  • Tails, by Matthew Van Fleet

6-9 months

Your baby...

  • understands words for some common objects
  • is an expert at grasping
  • at 7 months, knows that objects still exist when they're not in sight

so she'll love...

  • pictures of everyday objects
  • tabs (but she may pull them off!)
  • flaps that hide objects

such as...

  • Everywhere Babies, by Susan Meyers
  • Who Said Moo?, by Harriet Ziefert
  • Where Is Baby's Belly Button?, by Karen Katz



9-12 months

Your baby...

  • wants to test out cause and effect
  • is more mobile
  • begins to recognize words like "up/down" and "in/out"

so she'll love...

  • buttons that make sounds
  • pictures of characters in motion
  • drawings of these words in action

such as...

  • Sounds on the Farm, by Gail Donovan
  • Run, Mouse, Run!, by Petr Horacek
  • Up, Up, Up!: A Bea and Haha Book, by Emily Jenkins

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