Benefits of Reading with your BabyI can remember the exact date and place where my daughter and I shared our first story. Confession: I can only remember the date because I wrote it in the book and not due to my brilliant memory hahaha! But I definitely remember the place we read and most importantly, how it made me feel. I knew sharing that first story was the start of our exciting reading journey that I’d been so looking forward to from the moment I found out I was pregnant.
I bought the book for her when I was pregnant and envisioned us sharing the story all cuddled up.
Watching my daughter engage with books is a beautiful thing 💛 . I feel that it is the most meaningful way in which we connect. We’ve been reading together since she was 7 days old. The very first story we read together was KISSED BY THE MOON by Alison Lester. I bought the book for her when I was pregnant and envisioned us sharing the story all cuddled up. I have always loved this book and knew that I wanted it to be the first story we shared. I even wrote in the front cover a message to her before she was born as well as the date on which we first read it. I knew I wanted to start reading with her from the very beginning as I knew there are so many benefits!
BENEFITS OF READING WITH YOUR BABY:
Reading with our babies helps create a nurturing relationship, and assists with their social-emotional development. The shared experience assists in developing intimacy and trust in the relationship as babies find comfort in hearing their parents’ soothing voices. The rhythm and rhyme of a story is also very soothing for babies.
There is a link between how many words a baby hears each day and her language skills. Reading with your baby exposes them to a real variety of language they wouldn’t otherwise hear in everyday conversations. Children who have been read to from birth are exposed to a greater variety of vocabulary, have better letter name and sound awareness, and have a better success at sounding out words as they learn to read.
DEVELOPS A FAMILIARITY WITH BOOKS AND PRINT:
There are features of a book that we must learn before learning to read a text. These include things such as how to hold a book, distinguishing the front from the back cover, titles, authors, how to turn pages and the orientation of reading a text from left to right. By reading with our babies they share with us this experience and see us hold a book, read words and turn pages and are therefore taking it all in before learning to read.
Reading books provides babies with a rich sensory experience by listening to their parents voice, viewing pictures and touching the pages book.
HELPS INSTIL A LOVE FOR READING AND LEARNING:
The more we are exposed to books the more we develop an appreciation for stories and literature. We make meaning from the stories we read and the more familiar we are with a variety of stories the more we come to better understand ourselves and the world around us.
My husband didn’t quite understand my enthusiasm for reading with such a young infant but I told him to believe in the process and the importance of this shared experience. I explained to him the many benefits of reading with baby and young children. We were recently discussing this topic and he told me that he now completely understands why I was so adamant we start at such a young age and that he is pleasantly surprised seeing her level of interest in books and stories at such a young age (she’s now 19 months old). I hope that by reading with her everyday and sharing the magic of books that she will appreciate the art of storytelling in the years to come.
Do you feel reading with babies is beneficial? What do you think is the biggest benefit?