When should I start reading to my baby?
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Angela - posted on 10/01/2010
my husband and I at least 2 times a week sit down and read a book out loud together since we got married. When my son was still in my tummy I could tell he liked it. When he was born we kept on going with the chapter book we were reading, with no pictures and his imagination is amazing!! if he hears the description of a bird in flight he starts flapping his arms. recently we started doing some picture books in there with them and he finds them interesting but not as fun. We also have gotten a hold of some old Disney movies so we will read him the story from the book then show him the movie which seems to cause him to like that story more. At the same time that we started doing picture books we also started doing flash color, number and shape flash cards with him. he now recognizes green, blue, orange, black and white. He'll try saying the color when he points to it and does his own sign for it.
Lana - posted on 09/30/2010
I read to my son during pregnancy and almost every day since he has been born. He is 6 months old today and looks forward to story time now. He laughs and reaches for the book and coos along with me as I read. He gets disappointed when we get to the end of the book and I usually end up reading two or three stories to him before he is satisfied. My son's library of books at home is already extensive, he has over 100 children's books. You should start reading to your child immediately.
Dawn - posted on 07/10/2014
We have read to our 4 yr old girl and 3 yr old boy since they were born. Now they want to be read to at least 3-6 times a day and we love it. They both already know their abc's and can count from 1-20. My 4 yr old is already learning how to spell.
Jessica - posted on 10/01/2010
Definitely start reading to her! Babies love the sound of their mother's voice, even if they don't understand what you are saying. I recommend Dora, princesses and the fun stuff like that, or even educational books dealing with words, the alphabet, shapes, etc... Books with lots of color and stuff to look at!
Melissa - posted on 09/30/2010
yes! absolutly its never to early to start any book that has a little ryhme will be fantastic colors and shaps are fun too . I went walking by sue machin , Dear Zoo by rod campbell (great) and Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see by bill martin jr. all 3 good simple books with fun animals Dear zoo has flaps to open have fun :)
I had forgotten all about the moster at the end of the book !! I loved that book to bits gotta track down a copy for my kids now ;)
Mandy - posted on 09/30/2010
I read to my baby the day he got home from the hospital and have continued to make storytime a nightly ritual. When he was a newborn I could read him any of his books and he would just lay and listen to my voice. Now, that he is 7 months and more active and grabby, I read him soft cloth books or ones made of cardboard. I also put these books on the floor during the day with his toys so that he can look at them by himself. I try to find books with bright, simple pictures and a story that ryhmes.
Emmalee - posted on 09/30/2010
i just started trying to read to my baby. She sometimes just screams and gets annoyed because i won't let her grab the book from me and chew on it. So i'll give her a different toy and she doesn't really pay attention.. I still do it anyway. Anything to boost her education
Tina - posted on 09/30/2010
I started reading to our son when he was 4 months old and he loves it. I have a book called Doggies that we got at my shower and he is so fascinated by the different barking noises and the pictures. Keep it simple. The Seasame Street books, Elmo, Big Bird, etc seems to fascinate him. I have a few of the touch/feel books but he isn't interested yet. Enjoy the special bond with your daughter.
Jamie - posted on 09/28/2010
I started Reading to mine right away, but as to the type of books I would say any type of board book, that way it is harder for her to rip the pages out of. Mine is a grabber and he loves to rip the paper books I read my 2.5 year old!!! So when I am reading to him I go for the board books every time.
Shauna - posted on 09/27/2010
Read to your baby right away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! any books! a baby doesnt know the differance between a colorful childrens book or a newspaper. Just having converstation with her and the attention is what they love! They are learning early literature just by you speaking to them!
You know, I have been reading to my 6 month old for the past couple of months and she loves it. I will say "lets read a book" and she starts giggling and kicking. She seems to prefer books that rhyme or have something she can touch. She mostly likes to put them in her mouth but sometimes she helps turn the pages. Anytime is a good time to start reading to your baby!
Angelica - posted on 09/25/2010
Hi, I started reading to Daniel when he was two months old. Granted we would only get through a few pages before he'd lose interest. But now I can finish story books, like little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs. He particularly enjoys it when I make funny voices.
Toni - posted on 09/24/2010
I have been reading to my baby since he was about 2 months old(he is 6months 3 weeks). He loves to look at the pictures and touch the pages! He has 2 older brothers too, and I started reading to them around the same age. My oldest is in first grade and loves to read to himself, his brothers, and anyone else who will listen. Myu 4 year old likes to "read" a lot too, and is very good at making up stories. I think you should definately be reading to her!! She will love it! My 6 month olds favorite book right now is "Oh baby, Go Baby" by Dr Seuss, and he likes the books that have the feely pages too!
Jennifer - posted on 09/20/2010
I've been reading since mine was in my tummy... they say that it is never too early to start... they might not understand the meanings of the word yet but they can look at the pictures and it actually helps with language development too because they are listening to the tones you are using and all of that too... I read anything and everything to my little man and I can really tell that he enjoys it because as soon as I start talking he'll stop what he is doing to listen to my voice... then he'll try with all his might to grab whatever picture is on the page :)
recommendations: anything because they don't really understand yet but my faves are "the monster at the end of the book" (little golden book staring grover) and "another monster at the end of the book" (staring grover AND elmo)
my husband has even read the hobbit to the boy and has started reading the lord of the rings
good luck and have fun with it
Alicia - posted on 09/20/2010
they say that you should actually start reading to your baby when he or she is still in the womb...i never did, but i did start reading to my baby as soon as he was born. i know that he obviously wasn't able to understand what he was hearing, but they say the more & the longer that you read to your kids, the smarter they are & the faster they pick up on learning :) i read my son the same book every day...its called Love You Forever. once he gets around 1 yrs old, im gonna branch off & start reading diff books to him every day, but i will still read him that book once in a while cuz its an awesome book!
Amy - posted on 09/18/2010
My daughter is still awake while I'm putting her 4 year old brother to sleep, so she hears his two stories every night. She loves hearing stories and of I try feeding her while reading the stories she will wiggle until I sit her upright to see. She likes the Dr Suess books but there are other books with different textures so they can feel different things.
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