Reading Tips – Newborn to 6 Months

Reading, and the love of reading, begins at home. Below you’ll find tips for reading to your child at any stage during their first five years.

Read to your child in two languages, if you are bilingual, so that he/she can start learning two languages from an early age. Bilingual kids are better at problem solving, tend to be more creative, and have an easier time focusing, which helps them to do better in school.

Newborn to 6 Months

Babies begin learning language and sound in the womb. Your voice is your baby’s favorite sound. reading to your baby will increase the bond between you.

When you read to your baby, hold him or her close to you. The physical closeness combined with the rhythm and sounds of your voice will create happy feelings for your baby.

Newborns see things best that are a foot away. Make sure to hold the book in a way that is easy for your baby’s young eyes to focus on the pictures. High contrast illustrations, such as black and white patterns and images, are most engaging for babies.

Try to read to your baby every day. Reading before naptime or bedtime each day helps to calm your baby and the regular routine lets him or her know that it’s time to sleep.

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