Splish, Splash, Baby!

meme shark tub

I saw this meme going around on social media a few weeks ago. I laughed out loud when I saw it. Really, I did! For months now, once B is washed up and we’re done with her bath (so we think,) once again, we’re participants in an episode of B’s Splash Zone.

Littles love to splash.splish splash

This splash-time-bath-time board book starts off with a big page-sized flap for your little cutie to lift– behind it, they will discover a baby in the tub. Behind other flaps, they’ll find rubber duckies, a sea worthy tugboat, a friendly frog sponge, a squirty blue whale, and at the end, Mommy– who is is either playing peek-a-boo behind baby’s towel, or using it as a shield (that’s what it’s for in our house, anyway.)

The excitement of lifting the giant bath time themed flaps and the joyful illustrations will have your kiddo wanting more, more, more of this book.

Splish, Splash, Baby!
Karen Katz
Little Simon

Open the Barn Door…

Yesterday, B & I went for an adventure out to the farm to try to catch a ride in the tractor with “Pop” (my Dad) who was busy planting corn. When we got out of the car, I noticed two big, cuddly looking orange cats loafing in the sun.

Quietly, we tip-toed around the car (they’re not tame.) As they were approached by a friendly tot with open arms (“Hi tat! Hi!”) the cats shuffled through the grass and escaped right under the barn door. Rats! (Or, more appropriately, “Cats!”)

love taking B to the farm now that she’s a little older. There are so many things to see!barn doorThe farm in this board book has lots of animals for your little one to discover– a cow, a pig, a little chick, a pony, yellow ducklings, a goat (chewing on the laundry!), a happy dog, cats, a rooster, and an owl. Behind each flap, littles will find animals after hearing what they say– maybe it’s “mew-mew” or “cock-a-doodle-doo.”

Open the Barn Door… has long been a fave of B’s. How could it not be? With hiding animals under liftable flaps, soft, pretty colors, and lots of animal noises, I’ll bet the little ones in your life would love it, too.

Open the Barn Door…
Text Penguin Random House/Illus. Christopher Santoro
Random House

How Does Baby Feel?

In her very first month, B was an expert at telling us when she was feeling something– when she was hungry, tired, or couldn’t stand one, more, second of being in that barely wet diaper.

Month by month babies get better at sharing their feelings. Happy giggles from watching someone act in a wild and silly living room production. Sad cries because someone they love momentarily left the room. Angry stomps from being told “No way,” after they had so much fun throwing toys across the room with all of their little-armed might.

There are so many emotions a baby can feel (ahem, just like adults!), and this lift-the-flap book is written and illustrated in the perfect way.

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Reading this adorable book, your little one gets to learn how someone’s actions hint at how they’re feeling– whether it be happy, hungry, loved, sad, silly or sleepy.

The first spread opens to a baby wiggling and reaching up for the kitchen counter where her snack is waiting.

“Baby wants milk and crackers. How is baby feeling?” Lifting the flap reveals the baby is hungry. Now, she is happy as can be having a snack in her high chair. Keep in mind, this page has the power to create instant hunger in the tummy of your child if they are familiar with the words “milk,” “crackers,” or “hungry.”

Karen Katz has a bunch of baby books out there, and we can’t wait to get our hands on another.

How Does Baby Feel?
Karen Katz
Little Simon/Simon & Schuster