Books & Reading

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What’s the best way to help prepare your toddler for the arrival of baby No. 2?

We have a 20 month old toddler and we are due with baby No. 2 in December. My toddler seems really interested in baby and will tell us she wants to go for walks with her, and asks to see my belly all the time to give it hugs and kisses. She even tries to share her food with my belly... 😂 I’m wondering if you can recommend any books or tips that helped prepare your toddlers for being an old... More

  • Johanna
    Oct 03

    I kind of rolled my eyes when a friend first showed me this, but my son loved it. His little sister just arrived—he’s 26 months. It is super cheesy, but I think it really helped. My son especially loved to see the baby at the end. https://youtu.be/6xxp5dQe5sU

  • Myrtle
    Oct 06

    We also brought our older one to doctors appointments and give her books about being a big sister. No matter how much you prepare her there will be a period of adjustment for everyone in the house. One thing I did not expect/prepare for was how much I missed Time with my older one once the second one came along. I was exclusively nursing so I had to spend more time with the baby feeding and we ... More

Stacie posted in Behavior Jun 16

Toddler ripping books

Anyone have any advice for toddler ripping books? My daughter is 21 months and has a favorite paper book but lately she’s been ripping it! She loves to read it but then she’ll randomly rip it. We’ve told her the book has to go to time out and will put it away but now she’ll rip it and say “ut oh book time out.” 🙈 So clearly that isn’t working. Any advice?

  • Amy
    Jun 17

    Have you thought maybe coloring books? There are some cheap ones at dollar stores that I've picked up for my son. I essentially use that as a means to teach him not to rip books meanwhile preserving the other books for story time or when he's older. He still gets the chance to learn how to touch and turn pages. Otherwise I do have several board books (several from Chickfila lol) and clo... More

  • Emily
    Jun 19

    Are you concerned with keeping the ‘paper integrity’? If not, you could put that plastic contact on each of the pages so she can’t rip them.

Father’s Day Board Books for Toddlers?

Father’s Day is this week! Just want to add in a board book that my toddler & his daddy will enjoy reading together. Any suggestions? My toddler is currently 17 months but he enjoys reading & listening to his daddy read. Thanks!

Has anybody here subscribed any monthly book clubs for kids?

Has anybody here subscribed any monthly book clubs for kids? Is it worth it? I found a review for some here... https://www.cratejoy.com/box-insider/kids-book-boxes/ I know there are others too. I am thinking of subscribing to one for my almost 6yo daughter.

  • Stanli
    Jun 15

    I also get monthly free books from the Dolly Parton foundation.

  • Robert
    Jun 20

    Thanks everyone!

Anyone doing their local summer reading challenge?

We are doing ours and it’s pretty cool. Since our son is a pre-reader he can get credit for other non reading related activities that help boost learning and development.

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Jun 03

Do you use audio fairy tales?

Do you have any resources for this? (maybe an app or website)

Parenting books recommendations

Anyone have any parenting books they recommend? I am a sham of 4 boys ( 6 and under) I recently ordered How to talk so little kids will listen... anyone else read this book? Any other parenting books catering to dealing with toddlers and not lose your mind? Tia

  • Vonda
    Apr 25

    Montessori Toddler. It has changed our family for the better. My son listens more and I understand him more clearly emotionally and interactively. Huge difference. Also a very calming book. Her diction helps put me in the mind set and calm that is missing I think from other parenting books.

  • Purva Gujar
    Apr 25

    The Whole-Brain Child by Dr. Dan Siegel

Bedtime routines

Hi! I have a 15 month old girl and she has been given a bottle in her crib to help her fall asleep. I’m trying to get away from that. I’m thinking of trying a new routine like a bath then a bottle and read to her then brush her teeth and put her down but I’m curious as to what everyone else does. I really want to incorporate books because she won’t let me read to her unless she has a bottle

  • Sanam
    Apr 18

    My son is 20 months and has refused any other type of sippy cup. Our routine is read two books, bath, bottle during bath, then brush his teeth and then he goes to bed. He used to get a bottle during his nap also, but we cut that one out. I prefer he gets a solid serving of milk at least once a day. My doctor said it was fine as long as we brushed after. Good luck!

  • J
    Apr 18

    we had to switch up the order of things so he wouldn’t fall asleep while feeding. it took a few days but he adapted.

2.5 yr old isn't asleep.

So my 2.5 yr old has always gone to sleep like clockwork. Even tonight right on cue he declares bedtime and we went through his ritual and said goodnight. But tonight he keeps getting up. He's not fussing or making noise. He is just sitting quietly in his room reading with the light on. If I go in he turns the light off and gets in bed. Then he is up again 5 minutes later. I am just really ... More

  • Cathy
    Apr 16

    I think he might be going to bed too early? He just might not be tired. My son is two months younger than yours. We have a bath at 7. In bed by 8. Asleep by 9. Remember, the older they get, the less sleep they need. Also try to keep him active in the afternoon to help him crash. He could also be awake since it’s still light out.

  • Amanda
    Apr 16

    @ Cathy I was going to push his bed time back but he stopped napping altogether. Does your son still nap? We have an hour of quiet time in the afternoon instead now. I don't think it's because it's summer. He has blackout curtains in his room because it kept him up when he was younger. Update: he did it again. Did not nap today either.

Reading books

my 17 mo refuses to let me read to him. Once he sees a book he will look at it and try to tear at it or eat it and will not stay still for me to read. He will also take the book away and throw it! How can I get him to sit still so I can read to him

  • Kristen
    Apr 01

    Some babies just aren’t into it. There other come a time they will be ready. My son is just now starting to like us reading to him and he turned 2 in January.

  • Stacey
    Apr 12

    If we are reading a story that is not interactive (lifting flaps or doing actions) we give our son a "distraction book". Usually a feel the things book that has things he can touch and play with while we read the actual book we picked to read.

Won’t let me read books

My 2 year old always says “no mama, no book” when I open a book. He will do his best to close it (including sitting on it if I resist). He always wants to to play cars or something else, which I’m cool with, but you know, all the blogs and guidance say read to your kids daily. I’ve tried reading aloud while he plays as well as just sitting silently with a book, but it’s as if he is jealous of t... More

  • Natasha
    Apr 29

    Audio books or even televised books. I have seen Pbs kids play tv episodes of books being read out loud as a new format to inspire a love of books.

  • V
    May 07

    My toddler (2.5) HATED books but i started making it fun! Letting him the turn and everything, even if he’s not reading pages by page. Getting him interested was the first step. If we read about Dino’s i would act like one or make animal noises

Books about going to preschool?

We are sending our daughter to preschool this fall. I thought it would be good to start talking about it with her now.Do you have any recommendations for books that talk about going to preschool and what it’s going to be like?

  • Sara
    Mar 06

    "Llama llama misses mama" is the best!

  • Natasha
    Jun 09

    The night before preschool is pretty good, as well as llama llama misses mama and llama llama loves to read.

Dinosaur books that won’t give my child nightmares??

Bonus if they’re board books. They must exist. Everything we’ve gotten so far is scary as (bleep).

  • Adora
    Feb 28

    Dinosailors and Dinosoaring by Deb Lund, Down at the Dinowash Deluxe by Tim Myers, There is a whole series called How Do Dinosaurs books by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

  • anonymous mom
    Feb 28

    Thanks for the awesome suggestions everyone!!

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Feb 25

Books for pregnancy

Hi. Which are your Top 5 books about pregnancy or early steps? I am a nerd and my wife is pregnant. I’d love to read and know more about what’s happening 😀 Tks

  • Jess
    Mar 07

    The Mayo pregnancy guide is great and it’s a great idea to read a breastfeeding book for support, just don’t try to fix and correct her if she’s struggling. My husband did that and I know he was trying to help but it made me want to stab him a little bit 😂

  • Ally
    Jun 02

    What to expect books are great.

Best Books For 1yr old

Any ideas and where I can buy them?

  • Diana
    Jan 16

    My child is now two and the books she keeps returning to are the board books I bought on a whim at the local dollar store. I also buy from thrift stores, garage sales, etc, and just wipe down every page with disinfectant wipes. Try your local library to find the authors / types of books you like, then you can find good prices online and already know that you like the story.

  • Teresa
    Jan 18

    A current favorite in our house is Sheep Go To Sleep

Any book to stimulate my baby?

Hi everyone! I’m ISO some books to stimulate physical, mental, and social to my baby girl. She is almost 5 months old. Thank you in advance!

  • Michaela
    Jan 05

    I think reading anything is great for baby’s development! But board books are the best route right now since she’ll be grabbing at them and you don’t want the paper pages to rip. My LO likes to go over to his book shelf and take all the books off it, so I always take the cue to read them to him. He grabs at whatever book I have so I just pick up a new one and start reading it. Right now it’s a ... More

  • Cristy
    Jan 05

    My daughter loved/loves Pat the Bunny. At first it is more of a read to them and then as they get older they model the activities. Super cute and fun.

Anonymous posted in Behavior Jan 03

Toddler tantrums

My 10 month old has started throwing tantrums when he doesn’t get his way/what he wants. Does anybody have any good books suggestions on how to handle these? He seems so young to be having these... I felt very prepared for the newborn/infant stage but I thought I had more time before these started so I’m feeling very overwhelmed. TIA

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jan 03

    I’m not big on books but “zero to five” is a great book on that age. And following “zero to three” on Facebook is super educational.

  • Elle
    Jan 04

    Ditto @mamanukesyopolo

Parenting or Mom podcasts/book suggestions?

Looking for suggestions on any general books on motherhood (I have a 2 year old) - supporting the whole parent - (I am not looking for sleep training, or discipline etc) - something for ME. Also, any recommendations on podcasts? Thank you!

  • Amy
    Jan 01

    Brand new podcast: mom brain

  • Anne
    Jan 08

    Unruffled by Janet Lansbury

Christmas books

What are your favorite Christmas books for kids? We are no longer using board books and have such a huge section at our library for picture books. I want to get some today.

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