It’s becoming increasingly popular for future parents to include baby books on their registries instead of more traditional baby shower gifts. It’s easy to see why. Compared to other gifts, books are unique in their ability to create long-lasting memories. They play a role in shaping the way a child experiences the world around them. Children that are exposed to books at an early age develop a robust vocabulary that makes it easier for them to learn a second language. How many toys on the market today can make similar claims?
Remember that the best gifts are not necessarily those that cost the most, but rather, those that are the most meaningful. With this in mind, below are some of the benefits of giving or receiving a children’s book as a baby shower gift.
Books Are The Gift That Keeps On Giving
How many times do you think the average child has read their favourite book or has asked to have it read to them? A dozen times? A hundred? The majority of parents would likely joke that the latter is a conservative estimate. Since books can be read time and again, they have the ability to be enjoyed by the recipient and then passed down to future generations. Having a cherished book to read as a bedtime story not only helps little ones get to sleep, but it also presents a special bonding opportunity between parent and child, fosters a lifelong passion for reading, and teaches children how to read on their own.
Books Help Your Child Learn And Grow
Reading everything from the best board books for babies to pre-teen fiction will also have numerous other benefits besides teaching basic reading skills.
Some examples include:
- Developing basic language skills and a strong vocabulary;.
- Bolstering the critical thinking skills needed to anticipate plot changes and thematic elements;
- Allowing a child to figure out their likes and dislikes and contemplate who they are as an individual;
- Allowing imaginations to thrive, which can lead to a more creative personality as an adult;
- Learning about new cultures, parts of the world, subjects, and languages.
Books Can Be Personalized
Books can also be easily personalized with a hand-written note on the inside front (or back) cover. The book then becomes a special keepsake, allowing the child to carry the thoughtful inscription, best wishes and love with them for years to come.
If you’re the gift-giver and are unsure of what to write, you can always inscribe a motivational quote or an inspiring line from your own favourite book. Whatever you choose, know that many parents view a personalized message on inside of a book jacket as a perfectly acceptable substitute for a card.
Best Books For A Baby Shower
Choosing the right book to gift can also have its challenges.Should you get something with lots of colour and textures? Should you gift your favourite childhood book, or select a more modern publication?
To help you get started, here are some popular titles in the children’s book market today:
- Baby Faces by Kate Merritt
- Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
- If I Had a Little Dream by Nina Laden
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- Be Bold Baby!: Michelle Obama b Alison Oliver
- The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield
- The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
- Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA byJimmy Fallon
If you’re hard-pressed to choose just one book, you may want to consider gifting a monthly children’s book subscription through Lillypost, which will deliver a new box of children’s books to the recipient’s door every month.
Hopefully, this article sheds some light on why books make an nontraditional, but excellent shower gift—both to give and receive.