Musical books are a great way for babies to learn the words to nursery rhymes, as well as many other important skills such as how to turn the pages of a book and hand-eye co-ordination. Many books also teach babies about animals and the noises they make, or colors and counting for example. Here, we will look at some of the best music books for babies and toddlers, and outline some of the things you should look for when choosing the perfect toy.
My Top 5 Picks of Baby Musical Books
1. VTech Musical Rhymes Book
This sound book for babies plays six classic nursery rhymes, and has buttons which can be used to play the sounds of various musical instruments. When the book is closed, these buttons can be used as a piano for even more fun. The book has two different modes – either learning mode or music mode. It can be used to teach children about colors and instruments, as well as helping improve motor skills.
The book has a lighting up button and interactive elements on some pages, including parts which can be turned or slid. The toy is recommended for children between the age of 6 months – 3 years old, so it’s sure to give years of entertainment.
2. Bedtime Songs Book
This baby book is a great addition to any little one’s bedtime routine. The pages have the song lyrics for parents to read or sing along, and babies can have fun pressing the buttons to hear the songs. Older children can practice matching, as there is an icon on each page that corresponds to the button which plays the correct song.
The book can play 10 different songs, including popular lullabies such as Twinkle Twinkle and Rock-a-bye Baby, so there’s sure to be something your little one will love. The book is ideal for babies of any age, and even toddlers or older children will enjoy it, too. Babies are sure to love cuddling up after a bath to listen to these lovely lullabies.
3. VTech Rhyme & Discover Book
VTech make great sound books for 1 year olds, and this one is no exception. It plays seven popular nursery rhymes and has four moving parts on the pages, to help babies develop motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination. The three buttons on the side of the book light up, and play animal sounds when pressed.
Parents will love how easy the pages of this book are to clean in between uses, and the plastic it is made from is BPA-free. The book also has two different volume levels which parents are sure to love! The book sings the words to the first half of each song, meaning it is great for older toddlers to finish singing the rest. Babies will also love to hear mom and dad singing along to their favorite songs! This is one of the best baby books for keeping little ones’ attention.
4. Musical Friends Book
This is a great musical book for babies who enjoy hearing classical music. It plays eight different classical music pieces, which babies are sure to love listening and dancing to. The book is soft, so there are no sharp edges for babies to hurt themselves with, and it is safe to be chewed on.
The baby book is ideal for helping little ones learn about the names and sounds of different musical instruments. It can also be used to teach babies and toddlers the names of different animals, as each page features a picture of an animal playing a different musical instrument. If your baby enjoys this one, there are other books in the same style, about oceans and jungles, so you can start a collection. Soft books such as this make great toys for 4 month old babies, as they can hold the book themselves and won’t be able to injure themselves with it.
5. Little Baby Bum Wheels on the Bus Musical Book
Little Baby Bum make great sound books for babies, based on their popular YouTube videos. This one features colorful illustrations of favorite characters from the videos, as well as the lyrics for parents to sing along. The button is used to start the song, and pressing it again will stop the song from playing.
This is a great book for babies under 1 year old. They’re sure to love pressing the big button by themselves, and will love to dance to the fun tune! If your little one prefers other songs, there are also books which play songs such as 5 Little Monkeys, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Itsy Bitsy Spider.
Different Types of Musical Books for Babies
There are a few different styles of book which might interest your baby. There are hard plastic books with just a few pages, which play rhymes as the pages are turned. Other books are like normal board books with buttons at the side to play the songs. There are other musical books which just play one song using a big button.
What to Look for When Choosing a Song Book for Babies
Check the suggested age range on the book to ensure it is suitable for your baby and they won’t outgrow it too quickly. Also think about what style of book you are looking for, and what you hope your little one will learn from it. For very young babies you might want to choose a book made from soft materials so they won’t hurt themselves on it. It might also be a good idea to choose a style which can stand up to being chewed on and dropped, if your baby is still at this stage.
Our Choice: Best Music Book for Little Ones
The Musical Friends book is one of the best books to help babies learn about music. It plays beautiful classical music which is sure to delight young children, and it can be used to help your baby build their vocabulary. It’s great for learning about music as well as animals, and there are other books in the collection for babies to enjoy too.