Only what you need for your baby. Really. (OK – and some fantastic things you don’t that are pretty cool.)
I came across the board book of My Friends in the play area at the California Academy of Sciences and loved it. The pictures have little details for little eyes and there are plenty of pages (an oddity in board books) to keep Astrid entertained for a little while. I’m not in the camp of pushing lots of learning early – babies are learning all the time for Pete’s sake! – but it’s a bonus that the animals and verbs line right up with what she’s sorting out in her puzzles and at the zoo. I leave the book in her crib at night and it keeps her entertained in the mornings so we can get another ten minutes of sleep!