Age-by-Age Guide to Reading to Your Baby
Reading to babies is a great way to introduce them to the sounds and rhythms of speech, and studies show that early exposure to books can help children develop their language skills. Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting your kids hooked on books at a young age.
Your baby’s favorite books are Goodnight Moon and anything by Dr. Seuss. Sandra Boynton’s Moo, Baa, LA LA LA has a 2-year-old reciting the entire book.
What type of books do babies prefer?
6-9 Months: Offer short, simple stories with colorful illustrationsu2014board books are ideal. Babies may begin to explore books by looking at them, touching them (opening and closing them), and mouthing them; by 9 months, they may prefer or seem to recognize certain stories or pictures, and your baby may continue to mouth books on occasion.
What books should I read to my newborn?
For newborns (0-2 months), the best bedtime books are
- Goodnight Moon.
- Goodnight, Baby Moon.
- Tickle My Ears.
- A Recipe for Bedtime. Author: Clara Vulliamy.
- Teddy Bedtime. Author: Georgie Birkett.
- Guess How Much I Love You. Author: Sam McBratney Illustrator: Anita Jeram.
What are babies most attracted to?
They are attracted to bright light, primary colors, stripes, dots, and patterns in the first two months; by six weeks, their eyes move in unison most of the time; and the human face is the first ‘object’ they recognize.
Does reading to your baby make them smarter?
Dr. Klein says that reading to babies and small children helps them develop those valuable skills. u201cResearch has shown that about a third of kids start kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn to read,u201d she says.
When should you start tummy time?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends supervised tummy time for full-term babies beginning in the first week, as soon as the umbilical cord stump falls off; for newborns, success is measured in minutes at a time, two to three times per day; if they cry, it’s time to stop.
How long should I read to my baby?
Hold your baby close and read, talk, and sing to her in the early months; by 3-6 months of age, your baby will enjoy looking at mirrors and pictures of faces, shapes, and colors.
How many times should I read to my baby?
Make reading a daily ritual for your child by reading to them at least once a day. This will help them develop an interest in books and reading.
Why should I read to my baby?
It encourages your baby to look, point, touch, and respond to questions, which aids in social development and cognitive development. Your baby’s language skills improve as he or she copies sounds, recognizes pictures, and learns words.
Why do babies stare at their mothers?
Your baby may be staring as an early form of communication between them and the vast world around them because they want to interact with people and be social.
Why do babies stare at walls?
The main reason babies stare is that their brains are rapidly developing and growing; in fact, the more you play with and engage with your baby, the better his or her brain will develop.
How does a baby know its mother?
According to Parents, babies can recognize their mothers’ faces within a week after birth by using three important senses: hearing, smell, and vision.
Does it matter what you read to babies?
u201cEven if the baby isn’t responding with words, they’re learning a really important social skill and hearing language,u201d experts say. It doesn’t matter whether the text is fiction or nonfiction, experts say, as long as there’s a narrative arc.
Should you read the same book to babies?
The short answer is no, and that’s fine. u201cThere’s no doubt that reading helps children develop their vocabulary, but [research shows that] children learn more vocabulary from repeated reading and repetition,u201d says Joanne Cummings, a clinical child psychologist in Toronto.
What happens to children who don’t read?
Low reading achievement is also a common denominator in school discipline, attendance and dropout problems, and juvenile crime. Children who are behind their peers in reading struggle with low self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy.