Back in 2014, a friend of mine showed me a video demonstrating a very interesting craft project. One look at it and I was hooked. In that video, I saw a toddler playing with a rich, colorful, soft, interactive toy and just having a fabulous time on his own. When I researched further, I realized that I was looking at a quiet book.
Quiet books ─ also called busy books ─ are soft books made out of fabric, felt and other haberdashery supplies. They contain colorful, fun activities that children can sit and do by themselves. Quiet books develop children’s fine motor skills. They can also be educational. Above everything, quiet books make children feel happy while keeping them quiet!
How big are quiet book pages?
Quiet books come in all sorts of different sizes, depending upon the age of the child. For younger children, normally the quiet books measure 5×5 or 6×6 inches. For children aged three years and over, quiet books can range anywhere between 7×7 up to 10×10 inches. All quiet books are designed to be colorful and fun for young children.
You can get an idea of the size of quiet book pages in the table above. Not all quiet books are square though, and lots of crafters prefer to create rectangular quiet books.
Where to buy quiet books
If you want to buy a quiet book, the best place to look is on Etsy. Wikipedia describes Etsy as “an e-commerce website (etsy.com) focused on handmade or vintage items and craft supplies. These items fall under a wide range of categories, including jewelry, bags, clothing, home décor and furniture, toys, art, as well as craft supplies and tools.”
How much is a quiet book
You will be able to find a wide variety of quiet books on Etsy. However bear in mind that these quiet books can be fairly expensive.
In fact for a quiet book of reasonably good quality and content, you are looking at a starting price of around 85 USD.
You might be thinking why sellers are charging such exorbitant prices for what is essentially small pieces of fabric and haberdashery supplies sewn together. However, you should know that quiet books take a long time to prepare. Not just several hours but several days or even weeks for more complex books. And so since it is a very labor-intensive craft, the price is charged accordingly.
The benefits of quiet books
Quiet books, as the name implies, were originally designed to keep children quietly occupied for a length of time. In today’s day and age, quiet books offer young children a welcome respite from the overuse of technology and low-value plastic toys. For parents, this also means peace of mind that their child is having a healthy and fun learning experience while they go about their urgent tasks. And here are some more wonderful benefits of quiet books:
Quiet books help parents and children in busy public areas
Quiet books are best used in situations when the parents are near their child but occupied with other pressing things. These could be during everyday situations like waiting at the doctor’s office, airports and on airplanes. Quiet books are also excellent for keeping children occupied in private events where it is easy for little people to get bored and antsy.
Quiet books VS harmful tech
We all complain about kids watching too much television or being too eager to use tablets and smartphones. But we rarely have enough ideas on how to keep our kids occupied otherwise. This is where quiet books really step up their game. They offer the perfect, healthy alternative to watching television or being glued to smartphones.
When a child uses a quiet book, s/he is engaging all of his/her senses. This ensures a wonderful, rich experience for your child as opposed to the numbing, dumbing effects of technology overload.
Quiet books during times of distress
One of the real benefits of quiet books is their huge potential as a source of comfort for children during times of distress. For example after a death in the family or during recovery after an accident or illness.
At times like these, a quiet book’s soft fabrics, vibrant colors and interesting textures stimulate children’s senses and motor reflexes, distracting them from troubling thoughts and helping them focus on the pleasant sensations they are experiencing. And at least for those precious moments, children can rest assured that it is all going to be okay.
What is the best age for using quiet books?
Most people think that quiet books are only for babies and young toddlers. They couldn’t be more wrong. Quiet books can be used by children from the age of just a few months all the way up to 6 or even 7 years! Besides, children with extra sensory needs can use quiet books even beyond these years.
Quiet books can be customized and personalized to no end. And as long as the content is relevant to the age of the child, they can be used for many years indeed. In fact my own girls, now seven and five years old, still use and play with the quiet book that I made for them when they were three and one!
So a quiet book is not just for toddlers and it does not have to be restricted to a certain small window of time in a child’s life at all.
What are the best quiet book pages
When I first started making quiet books back in 2014, I had little idea of how to even thread a sewing machine properly! But I was so fascinated by the idea of quiet books that I decided to take the plunge and sew one for my daughters at home.
I have never looked back since. Now after making several quiet books for children of friends and family, I can safely tell you that the best quiet book pages are the ones that you make with your own hands. Because you are the only person who knows your child like no one else. And so you can really customize your quiet book to no end.
You will be able to include all the activities and colors and textures that your child loves. You can also include loving messages inside, which will become memories literally preserved in stitch and thread. A homemade quiet book really is a legacy that can be passed down for generations.
You can find thousands of ideas online about what to include inside your quiet book and there is tons of information out there to help you make one of your own. And so if you are wishing that your baby could have a quiet book, step up and make that wish come true! Make a quiet book of your very own!
Some parting thoughts about quiet books
On this website, my goal is to share all the tips, tricks and learning that I have picked up over the past few years of making quiet books, so that you don’t make the same mistakes that I made. I also want you to be able to save precious time and money in your labor of love.
And so if you are toying with the idea of creating a quiet book at home, check out my post on How to Make a Quiet Book, which will give you all the steps involved in your project. I am constantly putting out fresh content here so be sure to check back.