Share Books With Babies And Toddlers

Why bother to read to babies who can’t yet talk or to toddlers? The simple answer is that it is a wonderful way to get to know each other, develop your baby’s or toddler’s language and stimulate their minds to have big thoughts and ideas! Here are some tips for your reading times:

* Books that have pictures of baby faces work well for babies.

* You can read the same book repeatedly without boring your baby!

* Until your baby can sit by himself, put him on your lap and hold the book in front of him.

* Most babies from six months, also enjoy books that have songs and rhymes. Don’t forget to make lots of interesting sounds too – for example, ‘moo’ when you see a picture of a cow!

* Board- and cloth books work best when you want to allow your baby to handle books on her own like during nappy changes or when she is in her pram. These books can be chewed, pulled and patted without breaking!

* Older babies enjoy books with flaps, pop-ups and buttons that you press to make sounds. They also begin to get more involved with what is going on in the book like pointing to things on the page or trying to turn the page.

* Between one and three years, children’s ability to understand and use language increases dramatically. Although they continue to enjoy the books from their first year, they often like stories about other children, animals and familiar everyday experiences.

* Continuing to set aside special times each day to read with your toddler will help him or her to learn that reading is a pleasurable activity!


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