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Introducing the Pleasures and Purpose of Reading to Your Baby

Introducing the Pleasures and Purpose of Reading to Your Baby

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Encouraging an interest in books is probably one of the best things you can do for your baby. Irrespective of her age, reading is an activity that your baby is going to love. That aside, she surely will benefit from this activity in future.

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Benefits of reading. You may think that your baby can’t understand what you are reading to her. The fact is that reading has many benefits like those of talking or singing. In addition, it has the added advantage of creating an interest in books, which can be immensely beneficial once she grows up.

Art of reading. Read wisely and artfully. Choosing the right books and the way you read are important. For instance, you can choose books with rhymes and colorful pictures. Also, you can read in a sing-song voice to draw the attention of your baby to the book.

Reading aloud. One of the most engrossing and lasting forms of communication with your baby can be reading aloud with her. Not only an important form of stimulation, reading aloud can also build listening, memory and vocabulary skills of your baby. It can also initiate a sense of communication. Besides that, it also informs your baby about her environment. Reading also introduces your baby to various concepts like stories, numbers, colours, letter, forms, shapes in an informal and fun way.

Stories and rhymes appeal to babies. It is true that babies so young can hardly understand all the words written in the books. The books you read to your baby can be short stories, nursery rhymes or simply the names of various things and objects.

How you read is important. What matters is the way you read. Be sure to be loud and clear.  If you can read in the proper way it helps your baby to understand the emotion of that word, even if she does not understand the meaning or implication of that word. Voice modulation of change in emotion, while reading any story or rhyme, helps your baby to relate the word to that particular emotion.

The feel factor. Encourage your baby to touch and feel the book. If your baby starts taking special liking to some particular book and insists on reading the same book again and again, do that with the same feel and fervour every time. These days various books offer different textures to help your baby learn better. Opt for such books that help your baby learn about new textures.

Babies have shorter attention span. Initially your baby may wander off after listening to you for a while. This is quite normal since babies have short attention spans. However, if you continue with the reading, your baby is likely to return and listen again. Gradually, as the attention span increases, your baby listens to you for longer periods and in time starts enjoying the activity.

Reading and recognizing things. By the age of 18 months, babies can recognize and name the pictures of their favourite things. This creates an interest of reading in her. It’s most likely that now your baby imitates you and tries to do the same. However, she can also just turn a few pages, look at pictures and talk to them for a while, and then bring the book to you to read. Don’t get discouraged. Continue to encourage your baby and keep reading along with her. Reading together also makes your baby’s speech clear and increases her vocabulary.

Have a home library. Have plenty of books in the house and have them accessible to your baby. Let your baby look at any book she wants. Store your baby’s own books in the lower racks, so that she can get access to them whenever she feels like.

Reading as social interaction. Let your baby point to and speak the names of her favourite things or figures in the book. Ask questions and also answer if your baby has any question. This enhances your baby’s social skills and helps her communicate better and fast.

Mental development. Books introduce your baby to concepts like numbers, things, shapes, colours, activities and emotions. These factors help in the mental development as well as in the enhancement of memory in your baby.

Type of books you should buy. A quick browsing session on the internet or a visit to a good book shop at once gives you the opportunity to choose from a gamut of books that is suitable for your baby.Choose the one you think is the best for your baby. Just keep in mind the fact that these books are not too heavy for your baby to carry.

Different types of books for different age groups.

At different ages, babies tend to treat books differently.

? A 4 month old baby may just be able to grasp the book by the pages or the cover. She may just take a look at it, or do things like trying to put it in the mouth or throw it away

? A 8 month old baby, who is more interested in what you are reading to her. She may also take a look at the book and try to draw your attention towards her favourite things in the book

? At the age of 1 year your baby may be able to turn the pages of the book if they are thick enough. She can also become more interested in the stories themselves

? By the age of 18 months, your baby is able to search, point out and name familiar objects in the book

Choosing the right book for your baby.

The materials that are used for making the books, the appearance of the book, colours and rhymes in the book etc should attract your baby to the book. Also, remember you need different types of books for different age groups.

Material of the book. For different age groups you need to choose books made from different materials. Depending upon the age of your baby you can select the books that are sturdy. Since babies tend to put books in mouth, the books you pick for your baby should be made of thick water-proof sheets. You should check various markets for different options available.

Look of the book. The baby books should be visually appealing, colourful with lots of pictures. The letters written on them should be in simple format and be of large, dark font. You should also avoid for sharp edges that may hurt your baby.

Different books for different age groups. At the age of one year your baby does not treat the book the same way she used to do at the age of 4 months. The look and feel of the book needs to be different for babies in different age groups.

Colourful and rhyming books. Babies at the age of 4-6 months love sounds, songs and rhythms. Bright and colourful books naturally appeal to babies.

Short Stories. When your baby is a toddler, she becomes more interested in stories. Books containing very small stories spanning 3-4 pages with colourful pictures and large fonts appeal.She may be able to repeat the story which

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