If you have been following us and surfing through our website, you would have known that my toddler boy and I absolutely adore books.
We introduced books to him when he was 18-20 months old. We took him to the bookstores and kept browsing for books, while he got to touch the books and explored them.
Serious reading started few months later and he was introduced to a variety of picture books. What I realized was that most of the picture books came as board books.
While we moved on to story books, I was surprised that there were very limited options in board books category. That is when we fell in love with paperbacks.
Take it from a bookseller who comes across a 100 books each day – that paperbacks are the best. The best children books that I have found have always been in paperback format.
Here are some reasons why you should introduce paperbacks to your kids
1.Reading a paperback teaches them how to be gentle with books.
2.It makes them feel trusted and responsibl.
3.When your child tears the paper pages you could use that as an opportunity for problem solving.
4.Children learn know that papers tear and cannot be fixed. This is also one of the reasons why they use glassware in Montessori spaces.
5.If your kids go to traditional schools this would be a perfect precursor to notebooks.
6.Because they save space.
And last of all, paperback books are priced low when compared to board books or hardcovers. It is light on the pocket 🙂
Tips on handling paperbacks:
1.Show them how to turn the pages and how to care for the books.
2.Show them how to avoid dog ears in the page corners.
3.Slowly transition from board books to paper backs. During the transition period, you could do paperbacks for reading together and use board books while your child reads alone
Happy reading guys. Check out some of our loved paperback suggestions on the pictures below. And drop a comment on what is your favorite, I would like to get some lovely book recommendations as well 🙂
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If you have been following this blog, you must have noticed that we welcomed a cute bundle of Joy a month back.
In this post, I wanted to talk of how you could prepare your toddler to make the entire episode a happy one.
It is such an awesome news that the family will grow, but it is quiet overwhelming and challenging for your toddler.
Here are some tips that we used that kind of eased or transitioned our toddler well.
1. Let your toddler know the good news right from the beginning. My toddler knew he was going to a brother when I was 2 months pregnant.
2. Take your toddler along to the hospital visits and scan appointments. My boy was present during all scans and he got to watch the little baby on the scan monitors.
3. I let my little boy apply stretch marks cream on my tummy and had him gently stroke the tummy.
4. We spoke positively about the baby and told him when the baby is here he would have company to talk and play.
5. We took advantage of all newborn visits in the friends and family circle. While we were there we told him that is how our new baby would be.
6. We took him while we shopped for our newborn.
7. I told him his birth story of how he was born and how I instantly fell in love with him. I kept reminding him of how new baby would come in from my tummy as well.
8. We spoke about how we would get to stay in hospital for a while when the baby comes in.
9. We shopped few toys to keep him busy during hospital visits and we wrapped a car for him. We told him that baby got him this gift 😉
10. We told him that we would move to my parents place and prepared him that his grandma and grandpa will take care of him.
11. When he first met his brother we asked him to kiss the baby gently.
12. Once we came home with the baby, we got his help in reaching out for diapers, massage lotions and other things.
13. I asked his preferences of the two choices of dress we would dress for the baby. Sometimes the combinations were funny but it gave him a sense of belonging and contributing to the baby 🙂
While this was all done we made sure he got enough attention during the whole pregnancy and after the baby’s arrival.
Afterall that would be the only time your toddler will be your only child 😉
We made sure he does not feel left out and I and my husband tried to him undivided attention.
Honestly with a newborn it was tough but we did our part 🙂
P.S: Below are the things I wish I had done differently.
1. I could have weaned my toddler during my pregnancy. Tandem breastfeeding got difficult while my little one started cluster feeding at 4 weeks.
2. I wish I had let my toddler stay in the hospital on the first day of baby’s arrival. That was our first and only night away from me.
3. I wish I had read books about the baby’s arrival.
4. Finally, I wish we three had gone on a tour or something which would have been memorable 🙂
And good luck to you on your new arrival. Also if you have ideas and inputs on this, please leave it on the comment and I will add those pointers on this post 🙂