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The best soft books for babies

Our top picks of soft books for babies

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Why buy them?

You might  be surprised to learn that it’s almost never too early to start sharing books with your baby! From when they’re about three months old you can start to flick through simple books whilst they sit on your lap.  They’ll love looking at the different colours and shapes, and will also be fascinated by faces. And, even if they can’t understand you yet, reading to them teaches them about communication and builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills.

What to spend

Soft fabric books are a little more expensive than paper versions (around the £7-10 mark) but will be better at bearing up to the tough treatment the average baby hands out!

What to look for

Books with lots of bright colours (black and white particularly for newborns), interesting textures for them to explore, and hidden sounds and squeaks for an added dimension. Soft books are best for babies under a year as they are easier for them to handle and can be washed more easily!

Baby einstein 250Magic High Contrast Book, £6.29, Baby Einstein

Suitable for babies from three months, this engaging book combines black and white images with flashes of bold colour so it’s appealing to a wide age range. The simple graphic animal images and patterns will encourage them to explore the pages.

Usborne first cloth book 250Baby’s very first cloth book, £7.74, Usborne

A very soft and silky fabric book that’s perfect for little hands to play with, full of bright and colourful pictures of fish, birds and flowers. There’s a surprise in store too as the book has crackly foil sewn in to make an interesting sound for baby to discover.

Jellycat farm book 250My Farm Soft Book, £11.50, Jellycat

This cute and quirky book opens out to reveal a series of touchy-feely farm animals complete with fabric bodies and legs. There’s a pig, cow, sheep and horse, so it’s a great way to introduce your child to everyday animals and they’ll also love feeling all the different textures.

Lamaze discovery book 250Classic Discovery Book, £10.99, Lamaze

Each colourful page introduces your child to a new woodland animal, and they’ll love exploring the soft textures and high-contrast colours. There are sounds too, with a squeaker, multi-coloured rattle and noisy crinkle wings for baby to discover.

Mothercare first nursery rhymes 250My First Nursery Rhymes, £10, Mothercare

Sharing nursery rhymes with your baby is a wonderful way to communicate with them in the early months, as they’ll love the catchy tunes and will soon start to recognise their favourite characters. This touch-and-feel book teaches your little one through touch, sight and sound.

The best soft books for babies