Bookbug Detective: Best books featuring babies and mirrors

Baby and book!
Category: Parents

The Bookbug Detective is here to help you with any questions you have about books and reading for your little one. Thank you to everyone who has sent in their questions so far. The Detective has selected a question to answer below. If you'd like some book recommendations or advice send the Bookbug Detective an email, or post it in the comments below!

My baby daughter just loves The Little Book of Little Babies, currently in the Bookbug Baby pack. I think she really likes looking at the other babies! Do you know why this is, and are there any others you can suggest?

From the moment a baby is born they are seeking to make eye contact, and photographs of babies in particular are very relatable to them.

I’m so glad she likes The Little Book of Little Babies and you can watch a video of a dad sharing the book with his little one on our website. It has been proven that babies love looking at pictures of other babies. From the moment a baby is born they are seeking to make eye contact, and photographs of babies in particular are very relatable to them. Thankfully publishers know this and there are lots of wonderful (and cute) books out there which feature pictures of different babies. Photographs are best but illustrations of other babies are great too. I’ve listed a few recommendations for you below:

Babies also love books with mirrors in them for the same reason– they find it hilarious! Lots of baby books include a mirror at the back. For example, I See Me by Baby Einstein is great, as is Funny Face by Nicola Smee (perfect for exploring different emotions) and Hello Baby by Priddy Books. View our list of book about babies and mirrors

Baby's Very First Black and White Book: Babies
Remember that babies also love adult faces, especially their parents’ faces. The ability to recognise faces is inbuilt, and this is how they learn to connect with their parent or carer from the start of their life. So sometimes just looking at you will be more than enough stimulation. Your face is one of their favourite toys!

Please get in touch if you’d like any more suggestions.

 

Do you have a question for the Bookbug Detective? Email it to kirsty.sinclair@scottishbooktrust.com.

Catch up on the previous Bookbug Detective blogs for advice on everything from books for expectant siblings to advice on babies chewing library books.

 

Kirsty Sinclair

Kirsty Sinclair is the Early Years Outreach Co-ordinator for Scottish Book Trust.