Books are a vital part of our lives. And they should be our best friends. Every book takes us to a different world. Children come across books during their pre-school and school days. But we introduced books to our son when was a few months old. My family used to tease for that. Least did they know that this habit has made my kid love books now when he is a toddler. He chooses books over toys. And I am so proud of that. In this post, I would take the opportunity to cite the benefits of reading to your baby. It is never too early to read to your baby.
Soothes the baby
A baby can recognises mom’s voice from his birth itself. In fact many doctors encourage pregnant mothers to read our aloud to the babies in their womb because babies can hear outside voices at 23 weeks gestation age. Mom’s voice soothes the baby. It creates a special bond between the two.
Helps in learning emotions
When you read using different sounds and expressions, it helps your baby understand various emotions and meanings according to the tone of your voice.
Generates his interest in books
Babies start distinguishing between colours around five months of age. Showing him various colours and patterns catches his attention. It also helps in giving him a visual stimulation and hence increases his cognitive skills.
Increases their attention span
Babies have a very short attention span. Reading book while making him sit at one place helps in increasing this span. It improves their power to focus on an object. And learn how to move their eyes while you point at pictures.
Increases their vocabulary
Babies register sounds and words and in the long run, reading to them helps in improving their vocabulary. It is noticed that the babies who were introduced books earlier, knew more words by the time they turned 2 years old. And also they learn to read at the right time. Reading to your baby helps him register new words in his memory everyday.
Improves their listening skills
Ohh ! We all want our kids to be good listeners. Reading to your baby, helps in raising good listeners.
Helps in developing other skills
When a baby sees you read, he sees you point finger to a picture or turn a page. These are all helping him learn these skills and do it himself when he grows up. Felt books with various textures help the baby understand different textures.
How to introduce books to the babies
For starters, introduce reading books as a part of your bedtime routine. As I mentioned, your voice soothes the baby. Reading a book before sleep helps in calming the baby and a better sleep. You can start reading for five minutes and start increasing the time gradually. And, the best part is, involve his dad in this routine too. In the early days, you can read your own book to the baby. But soon introduce children’s books. I would be writing a detailed post on how to introduce books to your babies. Watch this space 🙂
Enjoy these cuddly reading times !