Who knew that babies really like to look at other babies?
Well, lots of people, really, but I’m here to let you all know again that babies love looking at other babies and faces in particular. I received a few baby face board books for my new daughter and now, at only 2.5 months she actually stops moving or even stops her little “I’m going to start crying” wiggle and stares at them!
Of course it is scientifically (ooh! I know!) proven that babies love staring at faces because they are little learning machines. From these faces they learn expressions and in a way they become socialized and used to seeing different kinds of faces (and expressions) out in the world. So, basically, when my baby gets tired of my face I sit down and read through one of these board books and she seems to love it (it’s hard to tell with babies, but excited
not poop wiggling and frantic arm waving and kicking is kind of a give away). What I paticularly love about these baby face board books is that, since she seems genuinely interested in them, they help baby get accustomed to the book as a form and as a way to spend time and look/mull over (I’m not assuming that baby is mulling, but perhaps one day she will).
Before we get to a little list that I’ve comprised, I’d like to point out that these books are all made up of real people photographs. There are no illustrations of faces at all. The faces have to be real to really capture a baby’s attention in them – or so I’ve noticed as my little one doesn’t seem super interested in mere illustration. Ok! To the list:
- Scholastic Books has a whole line Look! Baby board booksby author Roberta Grobel Intrater
- Global Babies has a couple of books that I really like because of the close ups on babies and because it is multicultural – featuring all different kinds of people in all of their traditional clothes. Now, we could be all adult and scholarly and potentiall read some stereotyping into this but we won’t because I think that these books make for nice pictures and a nice way to look at culture and bridge difference as opposed to point it out.
- Susan Musgrave, who is Canadian, has a book called Kiss, Tickle, Hug published by Orca Books which I have and really like for all of it’s different expressions. It also has some adult faces interacting with the babies, which is nice
- Where’s the Baby? by Cheryl Christian – the pictures can be a bit small, but it has flaps!
- There are also the Baby Look books and other accordion style books which are great for tummy time or some down time. No words, just faces and expressions.
There are more and more of these kinds of books coming out all the time but these ones are those that I’ve seen, that I like and will probably be collecting 🙂