Books and Babies…Never Too Young!

grandmother reading to grandchildCongratulations on your new arrival! During these first few days and weeks, you are most likely concerned with the growth and development of your infant. You may be carefully monitoring their feeding and sleeping schedule. You may feel consumed by caring for your baby's basic needs.

In addition to this care, don't forget that even though your baby is “oh so tiny,” they are born ready to learn.

What's one of the best ways for your baby to learn?

Books, of course!

Books? Yes, books. It's never too early to begin reading to your baby.

I have to admit that even with a formal education in child development, when it came to my baby, I was like most. In those first few days and weeks, I was content to hold my newborn, staring at her as I nursed. I would sing, but I hadn't read my baby her first book.

A few weeks after my baby was born, a friend asked me if I had read her a book. What a good idea!

Cuddled up with my newborn, I opened up one of the wonderful books I had received. The text was simple and the pictures bright. As I began reading, I saw a response from my newborn. She was so little, yet she was engaged! It was a great “hit over the head” reminder that this little one was a little person. There was a whole new world for her to explore and books were a great introduction.

Books provide:

  • New vocabulary that gives meaning to objects, places, people, and animals.
  • An additional way to interact with your baby. So little and new, books provide the perfect mechanism for you and your baby to bond.
  • An appropriate way to expose and introduce your baby to the world around them. You can find books on any subject. Best of all, children's books have been designed to provide a developmentally appropriate way to explore the world.
  • A great way to build a routine for your baby. Books can be used in the morning after feeding when your baby is alert and “ready to play.” Books are just as great before rest time as a way to calm, comfort, and soothe your infant.

Where to start?

Children's books have been developed to both entertain and educate. Look for books that you will enjoy reading. These may include books with rhyming verses, beautiful pictures, or a simple story.

You are a model for your baby. Your baby will embrace your passion and love for the subject matter at hand.

Books…share them from the earliest days. There are plenty of books available to grow with you and your baby!

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Books and Babies…Never Too Young!

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21 comments

  1. Corea W. says:

    I love reading & so does all 3 of my boys!

  2. Casey Kerver says:

    Right now I sing to him, I’m still waiting for his books to come in the mail

  3. Danielle says:

    Great information I love reading they enjoy it especially when I make noise and faces

  4. mommy nhoj says:

    Yes, I agree! My husband encouraged me to read stories to my baby since she’s in my tummy 🙂

  5. Alanna says:

    I hadn’t thought of reading to my newborn, but now I definitely will.

  6. jennifer says:

    I agree that it is never too early to begin reading to your baby

  7. Liane says:

    My 18 month old tries to say each word after I do. He can’t always say exactly what i say but it’s cute how he says some words 🙂

  8. kristi12 says:

    My child loves reading/looking at books. He stays focused through the whole story even at 4 months old.

  9. Sandra says:

    I love to read so why not read to him?

  10. Amanda says:

    I stared reading to ny son in the womb, he is 3 and can already read basic books!

  11. sheenaholman says:

    My hospital gave us free books and had us watch a video on the importance of reading before we left.

  12. Ada says:

    I usually sing to my baby and I read once. I have to step it up now that it’s never too early.

  13. Jeanetta says:

    I didn’t know this, I’ve only read to her a few times, I’ll start reading to my baby more often.

  14. Sara says:

    I was thinking of reading to him every night as a bedtime routine, starting right away. It’s never too early to start a bedtime routine, so that when he does finally develop more normal sleeping habits he will be used to his bedtime routine and hopefully sleep better…

  15. DH says:

    I started reading the night we came home from the hospital 🙂

  16. Grace says:

    i wish i would read more………

  17. ErinF says:

    My parents read to us from early on, and it was one of the best gifts they could have given us. I’ve kept most of my childhood books, and as soon as I found out I was pregnant I started looking for things to read to my baby!

  18. revogurl06 says:

    WOW i never knew that

  19. Nella3137 says:

    Wow i didnt think reading to newborns was important. I did it unknowingly because I have a 20 month old who loves when i read to him. Glad I read this article

  20. I read to my new born and sing to him. Alexander loves to hear his mommy’s and daddy’s voice. When I sing to him I wonder what he is thinking. Even though he may smile I bet he is thinking when is this going to stop lol.

  21. I read to my baby everyday and although I still do not see the benefits in the future I will because reading everyday is helping my baby’s brain to develop.

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