5 Ways To Make Reading A Part of Life

5 ways to make reading a habbit

It's my dream to raise a reader, therefore reading and books are very important around these parts.

My little one loves books – he loves holding them, flipping the pages, listening to stories and words and numbers. I won't lie, as a voracious reader myself, it makes my heart sing to see him marvel at the joy of books.

We know that reading to them early on in life will only do them good. However, babies have short attention spans and if your child is like mine, always grabbing for the book and trying to put it in his mouth, reading to them might be more challenging than fun.

However, all is not lost – here are a few ways I've managed to incorporate reading into our daily lives.

Sit them in your lap

When I first started reading to my baby, I would face him as I wanted him to watch my mouth form the words. What happened instead was that he constantly tried to grab the book, or bend forward to mouth the book. So I started sitting him in my lap. Soon, he associated lap sessions as reading sessions, and would settle in for the duration of at least one book.

Hold the book

My son likes to touch the books and flip the pages, which is totally fine. However, it can be difficult for you to read when you can't actually see the pages, or when he's holding the book upside down. Now, I hold the book firmly, and let him flip the pages at the right moments.

Let them participate

Don't just read. Point out the pictures and words in the book. Guide their hands onto the more tactile and sensory board books. Let them touch the book (while you hold it). Allow them to flip the pages. Don't rush the experience.

Be animated

Tell the story. Act out the voices of characters. Sing the words, if that suits your fancy. Move your hands, create shapes. Make it fun for both of you.

Make it a habit

Whether you read books as part of a bedtime ritual, or quiet time between naps, make it a daily habit. Babies thrive on routine, and will be more likely to want to be involved when they know what to expect. Having a reading routine will also create a healthy reading habit for them, for when they're old enough to read on their own.

Happy reading!

What are your favorite books to read to your little one?

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5 Ways To Make Reading A Part of Life

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, she traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison is a former blogger (Writing, Wishing), and her writing has been featured on Mamalode,On Parenting at The Washington Post,The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, Club Mid, andDrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    I have a goal to read 2 books a month, it helps to keep me on track with reading. You will so love reading to your baby!

  2. I wish I was more of a reader. Over the last few months I’ve been trying to read something at least once a week. Especially aloud. But can’t wait to read aloud to the baby. I love reading to kids in voices!

  3. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    Thank you for reading, Eby!

  4. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    Congratulations, he’s close! I love that you have books passed down from generations. That is truly special.

  5. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    Me too! I’ve always read as long as I can remember. The love of reading is a gift, I’m so glad you got it from your Mom.

  6. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    Sounds like you have a reader on your hands, that’s great! Glad you enjoyed the article.

  7. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    Thank you, and good luck to you!

  8. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    Reading as a routine is such a wonderful part of my day. Your future children will love it as much as you do, promise.

  9. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    A 3 year old with her own library card? That makes my reading Mama heart so happy.

  10. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    I think it’s great that you have an affordable resource for books, yay!

  11. Profile photo of EbyMom EbyMom says:

    thanks so much for the tips in making reading a part of your child’s life.

  12. Profile photo of ~Casey~ ~Casey~ says:

    I love all of your tips and suggestions and will remember them when I am reading to my little on in a few months. (He is Due in 2 mos. =0′) I have a good bit of old family children’s books that have been past down for 30 years or so and I can not wait to indulge in them.

  13. Profile photo of Kaliaunna Kaliaunna says:

    My mom read to me when I was still in her belly and read to me every night before I went to sleep, and I can’t even tell you how many books I have read in my lifetime on my own. I love reading.

  14. My little girl loves to hear stories. She is just figuring out touch and loves to play with the pages when I flip them. If she’s anything like me, my sister, my husband or his family, she will be a reader. I think that will be great! I love this article and your suggestions on how to incorporate reading into a young child’s life.

  15. Profile photo of cittiee01 cittiee01 says:

    Greaat tips – I will have to incorporate them when I start this process

  16. Profile photo of alemiro1422 alemiro1422 says:

    I love this. I want to read to my baby and future kids. And make it a routine. I used to read a lot in hs and I want my kids to enjoy it as much as I did

  17. Profile photo of MamaCat MamaCat says:

    I read to my daughter a lot when she was a baby and now that she’s three she gets to pick out her bedtime book. And we just got her library card so we go every few weeks and pick out a pile of new books to read.

  18. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    All great stuff!

  19. Profile photo of Jenifer Jenifer says:

    I read to my baby boy who is only a month old every night after bath time and before bed. It helps that I work at Scholastic!!! Cheap books that will be available for him when he is old enough to pick favorites. Thanks for the tips for when he gets older and is able to move a lot more

  20. Profile photo of katonya Hill katonya Hill says:

    Thanks for the advice, I’m reading nature books and nursery rhymes along with dr.seuss too.

  21. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    Love Dr. Seuss!

  22. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    Learning to read definitely helps them develop imagination! Thank you for reading.

  23. Profile photo of Marina Marina says:

    Great advice. Will be reading Dr. Seuss books to my son.

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