my kids are 1 and 2. should i be reading to by 1 and 2 year old every night before bedtime?

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Judith - posted on 09/16/2009

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yes I really think you should.. I did. My daughter now 8 ( 3 mths)

It really has an impact on babies, she was a premie and in the incubator I did it every day when I visited her, reading, music is great for the kids especially at an early age.



So keep it up !

God Bless.

Mel - posted on 09/16/2009

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i more often than not read before i fall asleep on a night. i was read to alot by my mother when i was a young child and there was always alot of books in my house and my dad always has one in his hand still.

i have already got a big collection of books ready waiting for baby to arrive and read to my bump... it either loves or hates elma as it wiggles alot when i read that book



i can't wait for bed time stories! especially xmas eve bedtime story it was always my favourite



although i wont be doing it every night i think 5 /7 will be ok but i am very wary of baby ripping books apart ect... which is why i am a firm believer in 2 or more sets of books. 1 top shelf that is bed time books that are read to baby and 1 set of indistructables that baby/ child can chew on ect until they learn how to respect books.

but really its all about routine... if you bathe your child then hav quiet time before bed its the same thing as reading before bed... southing similar and relaxing



but as for educational value.. i was able to read by the time i was starting school ive always had a book to read but for some reason i can't spell to safe my life when it comes to putting pen to paper or spelling out words out loud

Dara - posted on 09/16/2009

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I know it sounds silly but I read to my kids every night and have since they were born! My 10 and 8 year olds now read a minimum of 30 minutes to themselves every night, but it is usually more like 40-60 minutes. I read at least 30 minutes to my 5 year old every night. You are creating habits and they will become big readers and readers are well rounded people!

Cheralee - posted on 09/16/2009

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I read to my daughter every night. She is turning three in November. Reading to her is her reward for getting ready for bed with out fighting with me. Because if she is ready before 8 pm I read. She sometimes sits by herself and looks at books. if there are pictures she some times tells me what the picture is. Some times we just talk about the picture before she goes to bed, and not really read the story at all. I love it when she shows me birds, and butterflys.

I suggest small broard books.

DAWN - posted on 09/16/2009

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A BIG YES !!!!!!

THE " BOARD BOOKS", THEY HAVE JUST A FEW WORDS ON EACH PAGE AND JUST LONG ENOUGH FOR A 1 AND 2 YEAR OLD, I READ EVERYNIGHT TO MY 19 MONTH OLD SHE LOVES IT

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It is never too early to start reading to your kids. The sooner the better, enhances their vocabulary.

Tanisha - posted on 09/15/2009

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Yes! Always read to them and let them read to you (read the pictures). Always encourage them to see print and hear language...it is the best thing in the world to help them to succeed. I read to my daughter in the womb and she loves books. She will be 2 on Monday and she can recognize her first and last name in print when she sees it.

Tracy - posted on 09/15/2009

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Absolutely! Reading is a great time to calm before bed or just a quiet time with the kids. Other bonus is they learn to love books and want to read!!!

Erin - posted on 09/15/2009

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I've been reading to my son since he was about 6 months old. My son is almost 9 now and I still read to him each night. Now he is getting older, he reads for 20 minutes then I take over. We spend an hour each night together.

Marisol - posted on 09/15/2009

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You most definitely should. I read to my daughters while they were in my belly... by the time my now 15 yr old was 3 she was reading and writing. My now soon to be 8 has been reading since she was 4yrs old.. Reading is the most important thing we can teach and encourage.

Trish - posted on 09/15/2009

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Yes, my dad staretd reading to me as soon as I got home from hospital and was placed in the cot. I read to my children everday, they love it. My 7 year ol has upgraded from little books to small novels and loves it.

Denise - posted on 09/15/2009

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Definitely. It's never too early to start. My kids were reading on their own before they even started school. It's a good way to wind down the day and get some one on one special time.

Mrs. Tisha - posted on 09/15/2009

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Yes, Absolutely, Ermine! It's very important. Toddlers at that age catch on very quickly when read to at bedtime & they eventually love to read more often as they get older. So my advice to you is to pls read to your two toddler kids evey night b/f bedtime.

Melissa - posted on 09/15/2009

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I think reading out loud always benefits, they may not be paying attention, but they hear the vocabulary.

Nicole - posted on 09/15/2009

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My kids are 2 and 3 and I have been reading to them since they were babies and they love it!!! They look forward to bedtime and always ask read a story read a story!! I'm sure your kids will enjoy it!

Jacqueline - posted on 09/15/2009

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I teach kindergarten and I can usually tell within the first couple weeks of the school year which kids have been read to on a regular basis and who hasn't. Children that are read to from an early age are usually my most advanced students.

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yes. my kids love it when i do voice overs. and when they're older, they can read bedtime stories to you.

Theresa - posted on 09/14/2009

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Absolutely!! I have read to my sons since they were infants. Not only does it help foster a love of reading, it also helps calm them. AND, if done nightly - reinforces a routine to help bedtime go more smoothly. We established the bedtime rituals early, and they just seem to go with it when they're bigger!

You really can't go wrong with reading to your kids, no matter the age. :)

April - posted on 09/14/2009

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yes you should be reading to them as much as possible. my mother reads to my granddaughter every afternoon before naptime and my daughter reads to her every night to bed...she loves story time and her vocab to so big for a two year old..encourage the reading it is WONDERFUL!!!

Tracy - posted on 09/14/2009

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Absolutely! I've read to my oldest son since he was 6 months old, he is now 2 and 'reads' the books himself. With his favourites, you would think he is actually reading them, he knows them word for word! You don't have to have a huge collection, they actually enjoy the same books over and over! Can I suggest 'Where is the Green Sheep' and 'It's Time for Bed'. He loves them! I have a baby as well and it's hard to juggle some nights but the benefits are definitely worth the effort!

Mary - posted on 09/14/2009

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Short answer? Yes!!! But don't limit reading to your children to bedtime. Visit a library and pull out some books, get comfy and read, look at the pictures, etc. Pick up some board books that can handle beginer page turners, and let your toddlers have some hands-on reading experiece. Lift the flaps and books with pop-ups are especially fun.

Rachel - posted on 09/14/2009

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Its never too early to start reading to your child. I started reading when my son was still in the womb, then every night before bed he gets about 2-3 stories and lullabys! He is 2yrs old and has the vocabularly of a 3year old!! He is now trying to read the stories too!! Rachel x

Angela - posted on 09/13/2009

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Yes! Read as much and as often as possible. My 22 month old knows her ABC's. I think it is because we read to her so often. Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 09/13/2009

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I didn't with my first son and i'm regretting it. He is almost 5 and doesn't talk and isn't as advanced in speech as some of his pre school class mates. I think it might have been different if i would have read to him more.

Tara - posted on 09/13/2009

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Absolutely it will make books special, and give you guys some great quality time.

DONNA - posted on 09/13/2009

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It is very important to read to your children, even when they are very little. It helps with their word association, and comprehension when they get older. I always read to my children when they were little, and all but one of them love to read now.

Maria - posted on 09/13/2009

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Absolutly!!! reading to your child helps them more than you know in the future. Take the time to read each night. If they cannot sit through a whole book cut some out. Read the gist of the page and move on. It teaches them the fun of reading, how to hold a book, how to read through a book, the beginning and the exciting end, etc. I show her the front cover tell her the author (who wrote the story) and the illustrator (who drew the pictures), she now asks me those questions. It also gives you a short time with your child in our busy work days. It is hard to fit the quiet sit time with our children, but that is not something we can preserve, get back or afford to miss out on. Lastly, it does settle them down for bed, gets them into routine and gives them something to think about while going to sleep. I started reading to Madison right away. She loved to listen to me read to her while I was breastfeeding (now that was young, but she kept eye contact with me).

Katie - posted on 09/13/2009

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Reading to your children at night is wonderful in so many ways! I've read to my son every night before bed since he was about 8 months old. He's now 5 and still loves me to read to him. He is interested in reading and is starting to read small books on his own (even when he's in his room by himself, he gets a book out and tries to read it), it also helps with parent/child relationships(especially if your a working mom and don't get to see your child all day), and works as a good routine before bed. His routine has always been bath, brush teeth, book, bed. (we call it the 4 b's). Reading is absolutely wonderful and would suggest it to anyone!

Kelly - posted on 09/13/2009

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Definitly. I did, maybe night everynight. When my daughter became older she asked me to read to her everynight. At 4 years old I had her read with me. At 5 years old she now reads one book a night and sometimes I have her read the book to us (her parents), and her older brother. You will be surprised.

Michelle - posted on 09/13/2009

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i started reading to mine after they were born and still do it and they are at school now, the experts here say to give your kids a headstaqrt on reading you should read them 1500 books by the time they start school or roughly 2 to 3 a day

H.J - posted on 09/12/2009

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Absolutely! It is a relaxing, bonding time for you and them and it is also great for pre-literacy skills! My little man has been getting read to since he was an infant and he loves books

Dawn - posted on 09/12/2009

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absolutely. Not only does it calm them before bedtime, it helps them to enjoy reading and to be better readers. Have fun with it and don't look bored, they can pick up on that.

Christina - posted on 09/12/2009

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Yes! Yes! Yes! I My little one turned two In June and I have been ready to her since she was 6mo. She loves books. We keep some in the car, she like to "read" while we are in the car. I must say it is the cutest thing listening to her make up stories base on what she sees on the page. It is our thing and I love it

Alison - posted on 09/12/2009

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Absolutely!! Nothing better than reading to your kids last thing at night - my wee one is 7 and he still likes the occasional story read! Can't get enough books. Just don't make the mistake my pal made and was still singing outside their doors for 4 years!!!!

Leah - posted on 09/12/2009

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Hi there, yes I deffinately encourage reading too them as much as possible!! Will help them learn too talk, and communicate with you!! And later on will help with their gramma, speech and sentance structure!! Plus like everyone else has said it is a great way too spend time with them and a good way too wind down and relax after a busy stressful day at work!! Hope this helps!! Good Luck!! Leah

Terra - posted on 09/12/2009

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Absolutely a child's brain has the most growth the first few years of life. Reading and talking with your child only encourages this. Don't worry if they can't sit through the entire book, 2 minutes is better than none. Besides all the developmental reasons just think of the precious mommy & me time you experience.

Deanna - posted on 09/12/2009

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Absolutely! I started reading to my son, Nathan before he was one and we read pretty much every night before bedtime. This was our special time to spend together. It was quiet and relaxing for both of us. He started reading to me when he was 3 1/2 years old!! Last year in kindergarten, he was in the highest reading level and the best reader in his class. He enjoys going to school! I am soo greatful I started reading to him early! Go for it and make it a special time for you and them.

Michelle - posted on 09/12/2009

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I read books to my daughter every day since she was about 8 months old. Now she is two and a half and she woiuld much rather look through her books then sit in front of the T.V. She is talking well beyond her years and pronouces her words so correctly. She has excellent focus and concentration and has learnt all her colours, animals and can count to 12. Whether that is entirely from reading books i dnt know but i do believe that it has help.

M - posted on 09/12/2009

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I wouldn't say every night since they're so young but every other night should be fine. Children learn quickly. The more words they hear the faster they pick up the ability to speak, comprehend, and reply. Make sure you show emotions and expressions as you read to them so they can better relate specific words with specific emotions, expressions.

Tanya - posted on 09/12/2009

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my girls love my bedtime stories.. i dont read books but i make up stories based on the big princess and the little princess(my 2 girls) and i tell stories about the adventures they had that day ..they love it because they know that they are the princess and they know that the story is about them

Kerry - posted on 09/12/2009

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I've been reading my little girl a bedtime story since she was about a year old. She is now 4 and just started school. Now we have a bedtime story on school nights (I allow her to have a kids DVD on Friday and Saturday nights as a treat) and we read her school books every day for practice. She loves books, it's the first thing she looked at when she joined her new class and that makes me so proud. We also visit the library quite a bit... in fact she sees that as a little treat.

Maggie - posted on 09/11/2009

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you should read to your kids as often as possible. It helps build vocabulary and they will love books!

Kristin - posted on 09/11/2009

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Yes, exposure to reading is a great way to help them become great readers. They learn basics : which way the book is held that we read from left to right and that words have meanings. They also get to use their imagination and spend time with you. reading is the key to a great education

Susan - posted on 09/11/2009

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Absolutely..always..never too early to start reading, and encouraging to read on their own. Reading is the source of most all knowledge. If your kids can read, they will succeed in school.

Sally - posted on 09/11/2009

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It's always a great idea. The attention span at that age may prevent you from getting through a story that is too long. Maybe try shorter stories with bright colors and read as silly as possible to capture their attention. Starting early helps on so many aspects :)

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