A few years ago, I was meeting my baby nephew for the first time and wanted to pick up something cute to give him. I popped into a children’s boutique in Philadelphia, and came across this adorable book, If I Were A Duck. Its pages were filled with colors and textures describing what the duck’s feet, beak, and feathers felt like. For example, “my feet would be scratchy” with a scratchy surface for the baby to play with. Each page had a different texture, and I thought it was the cutest thing ever.
Mama and aunty loved it, so obviously it was a homerun gift at the time. However, it wasn’t until months later that I learned my nephew continued to gravitate towards the book almost daily. I think what makes these books special is they are a board book, perfect size for babies to hold and turn pages, and sturdy. The pages are colorful and unique, and allow the baby to interact with the book. We have quickly grown our extended family’s library with many of the Jellycat books, and have continued to gift these to all the newborn babies in our lives.
One of my favorite gift combinations, aside from the Baby Mat, is the Jellycat book with its matching stuffed animal. Jellycat’s book and stuffed animals are high quality, perfect for newborn to 1 year old, and adorable. Reminds me of the old school beanie babies I used to play with growing up!