Health practitioners explain that reading to infants is a valuable way to form a bond with the baby in your care, and foster in them a lifelong love of learning
The benefits of reading with pre-school
age children are obvious. Less apparent, but just as valuable over the long
term, are the benefits of reading books with infants. Health practitioners
explain that reading with infants is a valuable way to form a bond with the
baby in your care, and foster in them a lifelong love of reading and of
A stronger connection and a boosted
potential for learning are just two of the many advantages of reading to
babies. Keep reading to learn about all the reasons to read with your new baby.
Strong baby-parent relationships
When you read to your baby
every day, it helps you develop a precious relationship with your baby. Science
has confirmed that babies can hear and recognize different voices even while
still in the womb. By the time they are born, it’s estimated that infants can
understand a vocabulary of about 200 words. But vocabulary isn’t important
right now: the point we’re making here is that when you read to your baby, it
isn’t just noise that they are experiencing.
New relationships will
develop much faster and stronger, and relationships with the birth mother (and
anyone else present during the pregnancy) will be strengthened. Your
attentiveness during this period, and the emotions –good and bad- that you
display to your baby will remain with them on a subconscious level for the rest
of their life. Reading with your infant can be a fun, relaxing time for both of
you. Choose books that you enjoy reading and which bring back fond memories
from your own childhood. Create a pleasant ritual with your baby that can help
de-stress you both from tasks that require more physical and emotional energy.
Learning about myth and
For thousands of years,
we’ve been passing on our sense of right, wrong, and behavioral ideals through
or explanations of the characters and their actions in our tales. The
storytelling experience is even more rewarding for your infant if you feel in
the gaps between the lines with extra information of your own. Give them the
reasoning about why something good or bad happened to that particular person in
the story. This engaged form of reading helps children develop their own sense
of right and wrong in the future.
Learning speech sounds and
Reading helps toddlers to
learn to talk. As they hear you reading to them, they begin to pick out
meaning. As they grow into older babies, they start to repeat whatever sounds
and words they find interesting. Slowly, they learn to sound out longer words and
Developing strong learning skills
Infants enjoy reading with
you. It helps them form solid reading and learning skills. It is generally seen
that children who have greater aptitude for learning have been enjoying reading
since their early child-hood. The majority of such students enjoy learning
difficult and dry subjects and solving complex mathematical problems. Children
who didn’t have as much exposure to reading in their early childhood tend to
find reading more difficult, and struggle more with complex and abstract ideas.
Early readers learn how
reading is done in their parents’ language(s), and absorb the rules of grammar
quite subconsciously. Exposure at this stage of their life is worth a ton of
active effort later on. Breaking up sentences makes content easier to
understand, but don’t be afraid to read adult novels with them: they are too
young to comprehend any unsuitable themes, but the richness of the language to
which they are exposed, along with your genuine interest in what you are
reading, are very valuable.
Improved communication and
A healthy baby should be
expressive and interactive. Reading to your little ones, encourages and helps
them to learn to talk to you in a way that expresses what they are experiencing
and what they want. A healthy way of communicating develops, where your child
can understand the problems and situations by relating him/herself to the
individual he/she reads about. Moreover, your child picks up possible ways of overcoming
a situation and resolving issues.
Clearer vision and
It is also generally
observed that early readers become quick at learning the gist of the story or
content. This might be a strengthening of some innate objective ability, or it
might just be familiarity with the icons and patterns of literature. Either
way, such children develop a stronger ability to think about logic and the
probable reasons that create any given situation. Exposure to reading from
infancy sharpens a growing child’s sense of understanding and logical reasoning.
Increasing a sense of
Exposing your infant to a
world of adventures and experiences in books will help him to become more
interested in learning about new things, people and ideas about the world
around him. Full of interesting stories, he will be more likely to treat the
world as an interesting place; more curious; more courageous to start
discussions and solve problems. This curiosity and confidence is an advantage
in learning about the different directions that life can take.
Improved attention to detail
habits help babies train their minds to focus on the details. Attention to
detail will help them to comprehend matters easier and with less frustration.
It also helps them become well disciplined when they grow up. They will be more
used to following your words and meanings, and able to understand your
instructions later on, and be more confident communicators in general.
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