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Top 10 Books to Buy a Baby or Toddler this Christmas

Updated: Feb 25

We are well on our way through December now and if you are starting to feel the panic creeping up on you, let me help you out with my top 10 books to buy for babies and toddlers this Christmas.

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A child can never have too many books! Our daughter would happily spend all day, every day reading books if we let her, so we have many and rotate them so both of us don't get bored - but primarily to protect our sanity! Below are a few of our favourites at the moment and ones that would be wonderful gifts this Christmas, either for your own child or for a friend or family member's.

1. "Superworm" by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

This book is from the creators of The Gruffalo. It is a wonderfully vibrant and fun book, showcasing just how useful a worm can be.

2. "Where’s Mrs T-Rex?" By Ingela P Arrhenius, Part of the Felt Flaps Series.

I cannot emphasise enough how ingenious felt flaps are, all the joy without any of the tears (that's both forms of the word!) and the board pages make it easy for little fingers to turn the pages on their own.

3. "Jungle Book" part of the Baby-Lit series by Jennifer Adams.

Your may think babies and toddlers are too young for Wuthering Heights or Pride and Prejudice, well, you're wrong. The fantastic Baby-Lit series pulls all the classics into wonderful 'primers' for young children. I have just bought an wrapped six new ones for Christmas! Our favourite at the moment is Jungle Book, an animals primer, introducing the key characters in this classic story in a board book format so it is easy to read and great for little fingers.

4. "Gary's Banana Drama" by Jane Massey.

What is a Gorilla without any bananas? Gary's journey to finding bananas is wonderfully funny and will even make mum and dad chuckle.

5. "The Garden" part of the Usborne Peep Inside series.

The board pages of this book make it great for little fingers to flip through, exploring all the different flaps and learning about the animals found all around the garden.

6. "ABC of Equality" by Chana Ginelle Ewing.

I am eager to ensure I raise my daughter to be aware of and value the differences in people and I felt this was a nice first step to introducing key elements of equality with simple explanations. She won't understand any of it for a while, so for now we will enjoy the wonderfully bright and engaging artwork.

7. "What the Ladybird Heard" by Julia Donaldson

Another classic from Julia Donaldson, this rhyming book is a wonderful introduction to farm animals for children and a fun read for parents too.

8. "Press Here" by Herve Tullet.

This is an interactive book great for toddlers who can follow instructions. The book is very imaginative and I instantly loved it when I saw my nephew enjoying it. It's a little too old for my daughter right now, but it is on my wishlist for next year!

The last two are for mum and dad!

9. "What Mummy Makes" by Rebecca Wilson

This cook book is all focused on only cooking once for both parent, baby and older children. All recipes are under 30 minutes. Being a parent is stressful enough without having to think about new and healthy meals every day, so having quick, easy and simple recipes you can make for the whole family is an essential for the kitchen and an absolute lifesaver when your brain is fried and you're desperate for meal-time inspiration.

10. "The Danish Way of Parenting" by Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Dissing Sandahl.

This is an easy to read, eye-opening book about the way Danish people parent. They focus on the acronym 'parents' to frame the book and share useful tips and suggestions to help alter the way you consider your parenting style.

- Play: essential for development and well-being

- Authenticity: fosters trust and an 'inner compass'

- Reframing: helps kids cope with setbacks and look on the bright side

- Empathy: allows us to act with kindness towards others

- No ultimatums: no power struggles or resentment

- Togetherness: a way to celebrate family time, on special occasions and every day

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