Written by Aparna Hari
Reading is an important habit to cultivate. When you expose your baby to the art of reading at a very young age, they benefit in multiple ways. Apart from hearing new stories and words, it helps improve your baby’s concentration, focus, vocabulary, cognition, and even logical thinking abilities.
Are you a parent who is keen on introducing books to your baby from the start? If you are, then you might be looking for some interesting and safe ways to do this with very young babies. paper cute, damaged books and soggy pages with print faded out need not be a worry, if you give your baby a cloth book.
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Cloth books as the name suggests are made from fabric rather than paper. The texture is softer and safer for a baby’s tender hands. These books can be equally or more interactive than regular paper books and this is something babies will love.
Babies love to explore everything by touch and taste. As various senses develop, they put them to use, to understand the world around them. When it is a paper book, there is a risk of babies ingesting paper, digesting the ink, or even suffering paper cute. With cloth books, all these risks are involved, without compromising on the benefits books have to offer.
A baby’s senses start developing around 3-6 months of age. You can introduce your baby to cloth books anytime after they turn 3 months old or even around 6 months of age. Older babies will explore and interact more with such books than smaller babies.
Some of the benefits of giving your baby a cloth book are
Fabric does not cut or hurt like paper. You don’t have to worry about sharp edges, paper cuts, or paper edges poking your baby’s eyes.
Fabric does not tear like paper. The book will last long despite your baby’s attempts to tear or crumple the pages, chew on the book or even drop it in water.
Have you ever successfully removed dirt or food stains from paper pages? Babies can dirty almost anything around them. If your baby were to spill food, you can always wash off at least most of it from the cloth book.
Touching and feeling different textures and exploring the cloth books gives your baby a sensorial experience. If the pages can make crinkling or rustling sounds, babies will like them more.
Cloth books can also double up as cuddle toys that your baby can either sleep with or carry around. Dropping them will not hurt or create any noise.
Here are the top 8 cloth books you can introduce to your baby and watch them do more than just “read” with them.
These books work on your baby’s overall cognitive development.
This books work with your baby’s sensorial development.
These books work on your baby’s audio recognition skills.
These books help your baby work on their sensorial and motor skills
These books help your baby work on their vocabulary and motor skills.
These books help your baby work on their sensorial and vocabulary skills.
[Read : Baby’s Sense of Touch Development]
These books help your baby work on their sensorial development.
These books help your baby work on their sensorial and reading skills.
Cloth books can be a great investment when you have very young babies who still can’t turn the pages or lift books. Cloth books will not hurt your baby even if they drop them on themselves. There are many options to explore when it comes to cloth books for babies.
Yes, when babies touch, feel, and explore the texture of the pages and the illustrations in them, they are developing their sense of touch and understanding different textures in their own way.
Both types of books have their own advantages to offer. Cloth books help in sensorial development without the risk of paper cuts, or the expense of torn pages. Paper books can contain a lot more information and bright illustrations without taking up much space.
Cloth books with various interactive parts and extensions help the baby develop cognitively. It enables them to explore and understand multiple textures and things while improving their vocabulary.
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