10 Top Tips for reading to your babies and toddlers

I have been reading to Kenisha since she was 2-3 months old. She has learnt so many new concepts like colors, shapes, animals, expressions/feelings, body parts in a fun way. It also improves communication and builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills for the young minds. Plus reading is an excellent form of stimulation too.

Initially as a baby she enjoyed looking at mirrors and pictures of faces, shapes , colors and so on. She would make sounds, reach out and touch the pictures and feel the textures in the books. I try and choose books with interesting pictures and textures and if possible with a good story line so it can last us few months once she may understand the emotion or concept. Now we have moved to Sing along books and story books with bright imagery and short stories.

Tips on Reading to your Baby

Am often asked by new moms about tips on reading so am sharing my top 7 tip on what worked for us to help you get started. Please remember there is no right or wrong way and its never too early or late. Just read and have fun together! .

  1. Make a routine or time everyday – We love reading before bedtime and its our quite and calm phase when we cuddle and read.
  2. Let your child choose a book. Sometimes I have found my baby love the same book for days! But if thats what they prefer, why not?
  3. Turn off the TV or radio so your baby can hear your voice and doesnt get distracted easily.
  4. Voice modulation works wonders – try out funny noises and sounds!
  5. Always read the book title and then talk about what the book about. It makes it interesting for the child. If there are are characters or animal they could relate to.
  6. Read slowly and spend time on each page after you read the words – this allows your baby to focus
  7. You can point and name familiar and new things. It will help your baby to learn about sounds and words. The more words children hear, the more words they learn
  8. Try and connect the book with your real life. For younger babies this could be object labeling like dog, flower, bottles and for old kids it could be an action “this is how you eat with spoon, that’s how you jump in park” and so on.
  9. Turn the pages when you read with your baby – this shows him how to use a book
  10. Remember it’s not important to finish a book! Its not a chore, follow the child’s lead and engage based on their interest.

Reading should be made fun for a long love for books as they grow. Keeping the momentum and upgrading to challenging literature is a good way to get going.

A fellow mom blogger Preetjyot has a wonderful article on how to make reading more fun. Read it HERE

I would love to hear more about your reading experience with your children. do visit my blog on Parenting