The number of questions I receive weekly are mostly from new Moms, all very eager to start Reading Aloud, but don’t know where to start!
I love the eagerness, and the need to do it right, and I also realise that we are surrounded by thousands of books available for babies, so how does one choose and which ones will form the long term bond and many more questions. Let’s find out –
When do I start reading to Babies?
here is no right or wrong time to read to your bubba.
Research says that, babies in 3rd trimester can hear the sounds of the outside world as their hearing is completely developed! Reading to babies in the womb, accelerates brain development, and babies understand the rhythm, and sounds which are the foundation of language development.
If you did not read, that’s okay too. Babies are easiest to start reading to. They are unassuming, still have no favourites, and they love schedules. So it is easy for a Mom, to just pick a book, and read.
When in the day should I read to my baby?
There is no Rule here, Moms. Read whenever, but if you read at the same time everyday, the baby anticipates it, enjoys it and in time you both have a schedule, you will love.
What books should I buy?
Books for babies should ideally have very fe text and illustrations, here are 5 types of books that you can invest in, which will be loved by them, till their preschool years.
Black and White Or High Contrast books
It is a well known fact that when babies are born, there eyes are not fully developed
Babies learn to see over a period of time, much like they learn to walk and talk. They are not born with all the visual abilities they need in life. The ability to focus their eyes, move them accurately, and use them together as a team must be learned. Also, they need to learn how to use the visual information the eyes send to their brain in order to understand the world around them and interact with it appropriately.
[from - American Optometric Association https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/good-vision-throughout-life/childrens-vision/infant-vision-birth-to-24-months-of-age
Therefore, the bright contrast in a black white book, are perfect for babies.
Thick, sturdy, and designed to be thrown around and used roughly – these books are a boon for babies in their growing up years. As the babies grow up, keeping the books available for them to interact with, means many of the paperbacks are torn accidentally or knowingly, and that’s why we use board books.
I love cloth books, because of the same reasons as above, and because they last forever. The cloth books I had when Aari was a baby, are still there with me. You can also take your cloth book out for bath time, or swim time.
- Interactive or Tactile Books
Tactile and interactive books are a form of touch and feel books. They help babies to feel different surfaces. Other forms are puppet books, books with flaps, and so on and so forth. These interactive books, are great for baby to build their senses and language and fine motor development.
I hope this post has been helpful for new moms, or would be moms. It is amazing what a little time with books and whole lot of love can do for our babies 🙂