Books, Books, Books… And a 9 Month Old

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Before little man was born I was 100% convinced that we would sit down every day and read book after book before he went to bed. Needless to say, I quickly learned that he had different plans. His attention span was two pages a best and when he became mobile the whole idea went right out the window.

Back tracking a little bit, when he was 4 or 5 days old I read him the book Love You Forever. I would just now like to state that it is a terrible idea to attempt that during your lack of sleep/pregnancy hormone crash/new mom state of mind. We made it 5 or 6 pages in and I say in the chair bawling while he just looked at me with his wide little eyes. To this day I still cannot even look at the book cover without crying. I do tell him the main phrase in it each night though :).

From that point on we mainly stuck with board books because his little hands wanted a piece of everything and they didn’t make mommy cry. For awhile we read Goodnight Moon every night and tried some Eric Carle books such as The Very Busy Spider and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but once little man was mobile he had no interest in sitting still long enough. Instead board books became chew toys and bed time became rocking and nursing.

He is now 9 months old and suddenly books are becoming interesting again. (YAY!!) This past weekend I let him have some play time in his room (a rare occasion). He pulled a number of books off his shelf but really focused in on a book I recently got him off of a Zulilly daily deal… Good Morning Engines (Thomas & Friends / Play-a-Sound).

This isn’t just a regular book but this week he has been obsessed with it! The book has sounds on the side that you can push. Initially I thought the sounds were what was driving him to love the book but I caught him flipping pages too and talking to it. He seems so interested.

We sat down last night and decided to read. This was the first time we had tried in a few weeks. He say through the book (complete with sounds) twice!! He squealed at some of the sounds and just loves pushing the buttons.

Very rarely does something like this grab his attention and I couldn’t be more thrilled that it is a book. I learned very early on to tune out all of the noises that come from baby toys so I think we will definitely invest in a few more of these in the future!

What are your kids favorite books?

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