How to share or read a book with your child (0-1) years?

How to share or read a book with your child (0-1) years?

It is not enough that we just tell our children we love them. We need to show our love in action every day for them to feel it.

It is very important to spare at least 30 minutes before bedtime and start a bedtime reading with your child. As you turn the pages of a book, your baby seems so interested! He or She is grunting and grabbing at the book. Your love is shown when you let her hold the book herself, and she babbles excitedly.

Reading to a baby can be hysterically funny, and it might also bound to be frustrating for any linear-thinking adult or working parents. Many parents don’t see the value of reading a book to children this young. 

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Why is reading to baby important?

Years of research have shown clearly that children are more likely to succeed in learning when their families actively support them. Along with helping your children to grow up healthy and happy, another most important thing that you can do for them is to help them develop their reading skills.

Many people think how reading affects directly on success to their children. It might directly have an impact on success but when children learn to read, they have the key that opens the door to all the knowledge of the world. Reading together encourages a thirst for knowledge.

Reading to your baby, no matter how young he or she is, is a great way to develop the close and loving bond you have with each other. It is not known to everyone, but by the time babies reach their first birthday, they will have learned all the sounds needed to speak their native language. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your child will be exposed to and the better he or she will be able to talk once they grow older.

• Set aside some time,
• Ask your child to choose a book,
• Sit close together, Point to the pictures,
• Encourage your child to talk about his or her opinion,
• And lastly, above all make it fun for your child.

Taking time out every day to enjoy a story, book or rhyme will give you time to escape everyday stress and your child-time to escape the everyday stress, enjoy each other’s company and get to know each other better. This improves the relationship bond between the parent and the baby.

The parent will be the first teacher. When you read aloud, your child hears you using many different emotions and expressive sounds, which fosters social and emotional development.

Reading also invites your baby to look, point, touch, and answer questions all of which promote social development and thinking skills.

And your baby improves language skills, recognizing pictures, and learning words. Spending time reading to your baby, makes the child understand that reading is a skill worth learning.

When should I start reading to my baby?

It’s never too early. Research proves that your baby learned to recognize your voice in the womb, and he’ll love listening to your talk, sing and read aloud from the moment he’s born. Research also suggests that the sooner you start reading to your baby, the more positive impact it will have as he grows.
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Five Reading activities to be followed for Ages 0-2

1. While your new-born doesn’t understand what you’re saying, he can still begin to pick up the rhythm, tones, and inflections of your voice, so start with using different voices like animal sounds or music, etc. Your baby will start to imitate you and your first “conversation” may evolve.

2. Use books that have bright and colorful pictures, these usually attract their eyes and improves their memory.

3. Choose reading books that have moral stories, these help them develop their moral qualities.

4. Look for books with built-in activities, such as images hidden under flaps or behind sliding partitions. Play a puzzle or quiz and ask questions, this improves their memory and also your baby will probably enjoy reading.

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5. As the child reaches 13-24 months, babies may begin to grasp some of the words, at this stage you can begin to introduce books with sentences or small poems in the form of songs every day. This enables them to remember easily.
The most important thing is that your baby should enjoy the reading experience.

Watch his cues to see, when he’s ready for some snuggly story time, read his favorite books, and give him time to point his interest. The more you read to your baby the better it is, but don’t think that you have to complete a whole book that day itself. In these early days, Just taking a few minutes here and there to read aloud to your baby is good enough.

Why is reading to baby important?

Encourage your child to talk about his or her opinion

How to share or read a book with your child (0-1) years?

Sit close together, Point to the pictures


Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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