With our first daughter, she didn’t talk until she was 2. Literally not one word but she did babble and use sign language a lot. Our second baby started talking at 6 months. I thought it would be interesting to see if she would be able to parrot the words in these books I got from Timberdoodle. They are called The Baby Babble Series. They have touch and feel aspects to each one. The Ck! book has one touch and feel spot about the size of a quarter on the first page and that is it. The rest of the book is mostly flaps which as long as you read the books with your child it is fine. However, if your child is like mine they love to get into everything especially books. I’m addition, to getting into everything they maybe very hard on things. So, I keep these books where she can not get to then. I do like that these books are hardback board books to keep from getting destroyed by babies. Our youngest is what a call a book tearer. She will tear pages out if they are not board books and then say “uh-oh” as she is holding the pages like it is all ok.
The Bb! book starts with a mirror which is nice because then the children can see themselves. This always makes our daughter smile. Both of our girls love to see pictures and videos of themselves all the time. What I really like in this book is that two of the flaps are fabric so they are less easy to tear and they give another texture for the child to feel. The Ck! book does not have any textures beyond the one touch and feel. It does have a sliding page but I found it to be a bit hard to slide. It is definitely not something a baby could do on their own. Our daughter wanted to slide the page but she could not and became quite angry. Another thing that I do like about these books are that they are short. Our daughter has a pretty short attention span (she’s 1). One book and then back to playing is about all she can handle.
Probably the best thing about these books are that they focus on one sound. This helps give the baby a chance to learn the one sound at a time. At the end of each page it promotes the child to say the word given. I had to ask a few times but our daughter did eventually say the words. Sometimes it took older sis saying the words for her to repeat it but I still call that a win. Would I recommend these books as a must have? No, these would be nice to add to your at home library but by no means would I call them a must have. I personally like the other books that go over the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors more. I do encourage you to try and see if these are something you really like though. They are included in Timberdoodle’s Tiny Tots Kit. If you have used them let me know what you thought about them in the comment section below.