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The First Book for your Baby

The first time she stretched her arm trying to reach for the book I was holding was a special moment!!!

I’ve always loved reading for my baby, even when she was in my womb! I always felt that she could hear me, at least she was able to recognize my voice!!

Once she was in my arms, I felt that she was enjoying the time we spend together, just sitting next to her, with a good warm snuggle, looking at her beautiful face, reading her a short story, and she was looking happy and hearing as well.

Reading stories is one of most exciting and easier way to bond with your baby. It’s never too early for your baby’s first book, since the baby enjoys the tone of your voice, and this will help him/her learn all the sounds needed to speak the native language. The more stories you read aloud, the more words she’ll be exposed to and the better he/she will be able to talk.

When you read, your baby 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 by imitating sounds, recognizing pictures, and learning words.

Hearing words help to build a rich network of words in a baby’s brain, this leads to stronger vocabularies, even though they are not talking yet, that doesn’t mean they’re not learning. They’re taking it all in, and that helps in their verbal intelligence later when they start to speak.

There’s a strong connection in the brain between enjoying and learning. When babies enjoy books with their parents, they grow up loving books because some of the love they feel for their parents crosses over to those first books, and then the books in general.

You don’t need to go to the zoo, for instance, to talk about lions and elephants. Reading gives parents something to talk about. Whenever you pick up a book and see the sweet smile on your baby’s face, you’ll instantly launch into a lively language.

It doesn’t matter what you read for her/him since whatever your baby hears, that’s what she will love to hear when it’s spoken in your voice!

What makes reading aloud especially delightful to babies is the response they get from the people who love them and read to them. Find books that you love, and your baby will love them too. And don’t worry; there is no special technique for reading to babies. Just follow your heart, and let the joy be your guide, and you’ll do it perfectly each time.

First Books for your kids
The First Books for your Baby
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30 thoughts on “The First Book for your Baby

  1. I love this. It couldn’t be more true. I’ve shared and written stories for my children since they were born and also never stopped chatting to them as I went about my day, to the extent that people thought i was a little neurotic! But my daughter now has an excellent vocabulary for her age and is an avid reader. My son has autism and I’m sure it has helped him no end in developing his language and his understanding of emotions.

    Keep on reading!

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    1. This is so motivating!! Thank you so much for the encouragement, and for sharing your experience with me! Yes, reading and talking to our children will help them a lot to build a great vocabulary! But sometimes, I just can’t find the time to speak with them! being busy everyday!! How do you manage your time to speak and read for your children?

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      1. It’s easier now they’re older! When they were babies I took them with me whenever I had jobs to do –

        “Now i’m putting the washing in the machine, this top is red, this skirt is blue”.

        “Now I’m washing the plate, now a cup, then a fork” etc

        Also try to find time to sit down and face them and have pretend conversations with them. They might only smile and gurgle to start with but you’ll start to get little exchanges!

        Also, you’ll feel a bit silly to start with but start saying please and thank you for them. For example if you give her a bottle / boob, say “thank you mummy!”. They then do it automatically once they’re old enough!

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      2. Oh, Thank you so much for taking the time to type all of this most helpful comment! I really appreciate it a lot!

        Yes, repetition makes the word stuck in their minds and they will say it later automatically!! Thanks for the advice my dear. Much Love!

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    1. Thank you so much for this lovely comment, Kamal. ❤
      Indeed, reading for children is much fun, they enjoy listening, and when my little one smile and gurgle trying to repeat one of the words! Oh, that truly melt my heart!!

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  2. I love reading and so i hope my future children will be interested in it too. I think, regardless of what genre you are reading, it adds value to your life and knowledge. I have a friend who only buys her friends children books, even for baby showers, she finds books for the mums to read to their unborn child. Lovely post.

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    1. Indeed! Books are always best choice when it comes to gifts!! and reading books definitely adds value to life, especially when the kids hear it from their mother!! They will never forget it!!
      Thanks for your comment! Much Love ❤

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  3. My fifteen-month-old just began requesting stories for herself, and is not particularly patient when she must wait for a story to be read to her big brother first. The resident threenager…when in a good mood at least…revels in delighting her with skipping his turn or cutting his tale short. Sometimes she only attends for a few pages, but certain books give her chuckles every time. Opening the first page rewards me with a huge toothy grin.

    How old is your daughter now? How are you feeling and adjusting?

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    1. Yeah, kids her age don’t normally wait!! They are the center of attention!! Loved how your little man compromises and accept to skip his turn for her, that’s very generous of him!

      My girl is 10-month-old now, she’s so adorable. I’m feeling great, every time I look at her, and see her beautiful smile, it really melts my heart 🙂

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, you are so sweet! ❤❤

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  4. My mom and dad read to my sister and I a tonne when we where kids. To this day we are still avid readers, and were both reading chapter books in first grade thanks to my mom and dad putting that effort in. The joke in my family was that I said my first word and then shut up until I could speak in full sentences, which may have had a lot to do with those early reading experiences. If I was a parent though, I imagine I would be reading my kid whatever I was reading (mostly textbooks some months)!

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  5. Great tips! I love reading with my baby. My favorite new behavior with my little one is his anticipation for the next page!

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  6. I have taken huge pleasure in collecting books for my daughter and it’s so satisfying reading to her and seeing that collection grow. So many people don’t realise how wonderful it is to read to babies.

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