Top 10 SWEETEST Books for Your NICU Baby

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EVERY baby loves story time- even in the NICU!!

Reading aloud is one of the best things you can do for your NICU baby, and it’s never too early to start! Reading to your baby stimulates cognitive thinking skills, language skills, and enhances memory. In fact, studies have shown that children who were read to as newborns have larger vocabularies AND more advanced math skills (who knew??)!

There are special benefits to reading to your NICU baby. It’s an opportunity for your preemie to hear and be soothed by your voice. It’s a special connection to mom and dad in those early days, and it’s a wonderful way to be involved in your baby’s care. If you’re a new parent you may be looking for suggestions on what to read to your NICU baby and if that’s the case, read on!

We’ve gathered the 10 SWEETEST baby books to help you build your baby’s library!

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

1. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Because you love your little bunny to the moon and back!

  I Love You as Big as the World by David Van Buren

2. I Love You as Big as the World by David Van Buren

Your love for your snuggly little one could fill the entire world, and this sweet rhyming book totally understands!

Time for Bed by Mem Fox

3. Time for Bed by Mem Fox

Every baby loves bedtime snuggles with their parents- even animal babies!

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

4. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

Remind your little one that your love follows them wherever they go with this beautifully illustrated classic.

More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams

5. More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams

3 sweet stories about babies and the people that love them!

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

6. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Your little one isn’t quite ready for school, but this sweet story reminds you both that you carry each other’s love everywhere.

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

7. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

A lovely story to keep you focused on the wonderful days ahead.

I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak

8. I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak

Because you love your precious baby from tip to toes!

I Already Know I love You by Billy Crystal

9. I Already Know I love You by Billy Crystal

This is a great one for grandparents to share!

Love Song for a Baby by Marion Dane Bauer

10. Love Song for a Baby by Marion Dane Bauer

Try not to cry while reading this beautiful book- we dare you!

Want more titles for your family’s collection? Check out 75 Fantastic Books to Read Aloud to NICU Babies for more awesome suggestions!