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Books About Babies

If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you might already know that we’re expecting baby number three to arrive in April. To help Zoey (2) adjust to this huge change, we’ve gathered together a collection of books about babies. Some of these books were gifted from friends and relatives whilst others have been bought especially.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury


As you can probably tell by the slightly tattered appearance of this copy, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes was one of Zoey’s very first books. Its something of a bedtime favourite in our house and regularly gets chosen from the bookshelf!

What we love:

  • The repetition (which is really beneficial for young children)
  • Celebrating babies from all over the world.
  • The gorgeous illustrations by Helen Oxenbury
  • Fox’s rhyme and rhythm which makes it a fabulous ‘read aloud’ option.


That’s not my baby… by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells


Who doesn’t love an Usborne ‘That’s not my…’ book? The multi-award winning series must be a favourite in households across the globe because Usborne launched the 50th title (That’s not my unicorn) in late 2017! We are such huge fans of this sensory series and we started collecting the books when Harrison (now 8) was a baby.

What we love:

  • The sensory interaction – particularly the mirror at the back.
  • The simple repetition makes it appealing to toddlers – Zoey already mimics the story.
  • Compact nature of the book which means it can easily be stashed in a change bag.
  • The relative longevity of the book – both babies and toddlers love this series! Zoey now likes to ‘read’ it herself and spot the little mouse on each page.


Hello Little Babies by Alison Lester



Alison Lester is a legendary Australian children’s book author, so when I saw ‘Hello Little Babies’ on ABC Kids program ‘Play School’ I knew we had to buy it. Lester shares the feeding, sleeping, moving, exploring and playing habits of six gorgeously illustrated babies. I thought this insight into the routines of different babies would help Zoey adjust to the introduction of a newborn.

What we love:

  • The celebration of how different babies can be.
  • The exploration of baby routines in the first year.
  • The beautiful and appealing illustrations.
  • Hello Little Babies makes for a great naptime/ bedtime reading option (ends on ‘Goodnight little babies.)


What Does Baby Want? By Tupera Tupera


I’ve breastfed both of our children so far and hopefully i’ll be able to do the same with baby number three. To try and help with any emotions Zoey might feel as a result of this, I specifically ordered ‘What Does Baby Want?’ I had seen the book pop up on my Instagram feed several times and I thought the simplicity would be just right for a two-year-old to grasp.

What we love:

  • Great for helping toddlers to understand what little babies need – milk!
  • The simple illustrations
  • The book promotes breastfeeding, but not in a militant way!


Snuggle the Baby by Sara Gillingham


Snuggle the Baby is another book that has been featured all over Instagram and another that I ordered specifically for baby prep! We adore the interactive features which again helps Zoey to understand the basics of baby care.

What we love:

  • The tactics shared in the book are ones that work in real life!
  • Helps to develop empathy
  • Interactive features on every page. Zoey’s particular favourites are feeding the baby and tucking her in for bed!


Peepo! By Janet and Allen Ahlberg


I can’t honestly say that I would’ve originally featured this ‘modern classic.’ To me it seems a little dated in terms of illustrations and parental roles, but after I put it out on our discovery table, I realised that Zoey absolutely loved it! First published in 1981, Peepo! has been a popular choice for generations. In fact, I do vaguely remember it from my own childhood!

What we love:

  • The little peep- through holes
  • The rhyme and repetition makes it a great read aloud option
  • For older children, could be used as an opportunity to discuss family history. This is often a popular topic in the early years of primary education.

Want more? Check out the following posts:

Discovery Table Week 1: Baby Clinic

Five of our favourite board books…

How we’re raising readers





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