When should we start reading the story books during bedtime?

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Minnie - posted on 09/21/2009

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Birth? At least that's when I began with both my girls. They looooove to read.

Brenda - posted on 09/21/2009

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We started at birth... my husband and I both read 2-3 books at bed time, and he usually picks out his own book from his bookshelf and flips the pages while we read to him. It's important to us that we both share in the bedtime routine.



We also read during the day sometimes. He really loves to pick up books and look at the pages.

Melissa - posted on 09/21/2009

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Its been a part of our bedtime and naptime routine since around 4 months. We read the same book for naptime and a different book for bedtime, but the same one every time. They are touch and feel stories. They get to participate a little which helps. They love the repetition of it and they know it means bedtime or naptime when we are done reading. I also read other books at other random times throughout the day. Give it a try. I'm sure your little one will love it.

Deanna - posted on 09/19/2009

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We started at birth. September is correct; reading helps them learn so much including the rhythm of speech. They will have an easier time learning to read if they are read to. Our daughter would play and hang out on the bed while we read to her before. Now, she pays close attention. She sometimes watches our mouths as we read. She points to things on the page that we are reading about. She even makes some of the animal noises when we read that word on the page. Like lion or duck. She loves story time. You can never start too early.

September - posted on 09/18/2009

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I just wanted to add something...even if your child does not seem into reading it's still great for your baby to hear you read. It helps really does help developmentally :) Keep on reading! It's a GREAT thing!

Terri - posted on 09/18/2009

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I think that it is really individual. I try to read to Stephen. But, right now, he has no interest in it. All he wants to do is play with the book. He doesn't have the attention span-- even for a short one.

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We started reading to our baby at around 3 months. I taught her to turn the pages...she loves story time:-)

Stacey - posted on 09/17/2009

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Start as young as you like, even if they dont look at the pictures or understand, they will love the bonding and hearing your voice and it gets them in the habit for when they are older and they will be more likely to sit still and enjoy it

Crystal - posted on 09/17/2009

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we just recently started trying to add story time to our bed time routine, but she is more interested in eating the book than listening to the story!

September - posted on 09/17/2009

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We started reading story books to our son before he was even born :) Now at 11 months he LOVES to read! I say the sooner the better!

Jackie - posted on 09/17/2009

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I've been reading my daughter a book every night since i moved her into her bedroom at around 4 months.

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