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Well...when my grandson's first tooth appeared he was barely five months old! We'd sit down to read his little board books with him, and suddenly all he wanted to do was chomp on them. "Gumming" the books was one thing, but we witnessed first hand how all-out gnawing with sharp little teeth could eventually take its toll on even the sturdiest board books!
My daughter and I decided to go on a search for some soft cloth books,hoping to preserve our board books past the teething stage (and for later grandchildren, right??)
We were happy to discover lots of soft book choices for babies at our local bookstore -- many more than when my own children were little!
Here are some benefits of soft books for young (teething) babies:
These days at almost eight months old (and working on tooth #4), my baby grandson seems to have pretty much gotten book chewing out of his system. Since we let him chew on the soft books to his heart's content, he again loves sitting and listening while we read him board books.
He's also started holding his board books and turning the pages on his own - often using his feet!
Board books vs. soft books? Whatever you choose for your baby to chew, choose wisely...
Go here to read my post about what to look for in choosing the BEST books for babies and toddlers. And click here for some of our personal favorites.
And follow these "Tips for Reading Aloud to Babies and Toddlers" - from Jim Trelease:
2. Pretend you’re having a party to introduce the world to your child and books are the guests you’re introducing.
3. Attention spans are built over pages and pages, not overnight.
4. Caress the child while reading.
5. Point to objects on the page while reading.
6. The story becomes clearer with repeat readings.
7. Board books are meant to be handled and chewed on.
8. Make certain times ritually story times — bed time, bath time, potty time, nap time, or snack time.