You could begin as early as your 2nd trimester of pregnancy. Studies show that at 23 weeks of your pregnancy, your baby is able to hear and respond to your voice and can experience a simple form of learning in the uterus. You may also start as an infant.
Reading activities may include reading stories, playing music or even simply talking to your baby. You may also tell stories to your baby. Whether you begin during pregnancy or infancy, this is a great bonding opportunity!
Books for babies should be easy for them to hold such as board books, cloth, and plastic. Baby may try and put in his mouth while you are trying to read and this is normal and ok. The more you practice the better baby will adjust and adapt. You don’t even have to finish the book. The important thing to keep in mind is that you are introducing books to your baby.
Suggested books for your baby include:
“Everyone Eats” by Julio Kub,
“In The Garden” by Elizabeth Spurr,
“Little Mouse”by Alison Murray,
“Whose Toes Are Those?”by Sally Symes
“I Can Do It Myself” by Stephen Krensky.
Hearing a soft or calm voice helps your baby know comfort and security. The benefits to reading are evident and the more you read the larger impact you will have in many social, emotional, motor, and developmental areas that contribute to the overall success of your child’s future and lasting love for reading.
If you have not started it is also never too late to start reading. So let’s begin!
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