Stories to share through your baby's first year

It’s never too early to start sharing stories together, and it can be a great way to entertain and bond with your baby.

Stories are good for your baby’s development but we know that it can sometimes be difficult to decide which ones to choose and when. That’s why we’ve included some great suggestions for each development milestone in your baby’s first year.

0-3 months

Black and white images

At 0-3 months your baby’s eyes are still developing. Try singing rhymes with them and sharing books with black and white images.

Why not try Amazing Baby: Black and White by Emma Dodd

3-6 months

Baby in pink with book

At 3-6 months your baby's eyes may be getting better at focusing and recognising faces. Try sharing books with mirrors or pictures of other babies.

Why not try Lliwiau enfys pi-po! / Rainbow colours Peekaboo! by DK / Dref Wen

6-9 months

Baby lying on floor looking at book

At 6-9 months your baby may be starting to grab the book’s pages. Try sharing cloth books and sturdy books with flaps to lift and enjoy.

Why not try Who Said Woof? A lift-the-flap, touchy-feely book by Yi-Hsuan Wu

9-12 months

Mum and son reading together at home

At 9-12 months and beyond your baby may be starting to imitate the sounds you make. Books with simple sentences will help them learn those exciting first words.

Why not try Lliwiau Hapus! / Happy Colours! by Dref Wen

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