Reading aloud to your baby is a lovely activity that you is super important for your babies brain. It is something you can share together for many years and will help the bond between you and your child.
Reading to babies has to many benefits, including:
Teaching a baby about communication
Introducing concepts such as numbers, letters, colours, and shapes
Building listening, memory, and vocabulary skills
Giving babies information about the world around them
Social and emotional development and thinking skills
A fantastic way to develop a close and loving bond with each other
Your baby improves their language skills by copying sounds, recognising pictures and learning words. The more stories you read to them, the more words they will hear and the better they’ll be able to talk. Reading also helps to introduce words to our babies, that don't always crop up in everyday speech.
Babies love the undivided attention that you give them when you read to them. If you read together cuddled up, they will also feel safe and secure which is important for their social and emotional development.
When Should I Start Reading To My Baby?
It's never too early to start reading to your baby and they learnt to recognise your voice in the womb. Research shows that the sooner you start reading to your baby, the more positive an impact it will have as they grow.
Newborn babies won't understand the meaning of what you are reading to them but the rhythms and sounds will help stimulate and develop their hearing skills.
Whatever, the age, make sure reading is fun! It's a wonderful addition to your bedtime routine and gives you a lovely bit of quality time together too.
Reading & Development:
Children whose parents talk and read to them often know more words by age 2 than children who have not been read to
Children who are read to during their early years are more likely to learn to read at the right time
What is your favourite book to read to your little one?