We have officially now entered the curiosity phase and so taking the advantage I am trying to embark the love for reading in Inaaya (something I have and always wanted to see in my baby girl) It is never too early to introduce books to them. The earlier you do, the faster they learn how to read!
I starting reading out to her when she was 4 months and few days old. Although she didn’t understand the concept then, but she was happy seeing her mommy. Once she started sitting unaided (around 5 months) I would make her sit on my lap and read. What surprised me to see how she knew where (& which page) I was reading when I wasn’t even pointing! She quickly learnt to turn the page and now at 7 1/2 months when I call out the book’s name, she visually looks for it around her.
Here is how it all began with some tips on the introduction part :-
📚I start a book by showing Inaaya the cover page, read the name of the book and author’s name as well. While I do so, I show her the words!
📚Our first book was a bedtime storybook.
This would be the last thing at night before she was put to sleep. Some nights she would listen to the whole book, other nights only a page or two. But I never rushed to finish the story! The idea is to engage her not bore her.
📚Then I introduced baby touch n feel books. These books are multi-sensory and highly interactive. Infants are not interested in long stories (neither they understand). They are more curious about the texture and how it tastes. They want to understand the world faster. Touch n feel books are a great way to introduce your baby to soft-rough, glossy-irradiated, round or square things. This helps them to understand the different things around them and stimulate their senses. Inaaya’s first touch n feel book was Animals (Touch n Feel Book)
While showing the pictures of animals, I make animal sounds to immerse her in the sounds and rhythms of speech, which is crucial for language development.
📚Next we started with sound playbooks where there are animals making noises as they appear in the story. Inaaya finds it quite engaging and loves exploring this playbook above all. It is an excellent way to stimulate your baby’s observational skills & hand-eye coordination.
Inaaya’s first soundbook was Elmer’s Band!
📚As I let Inaaya turn the pages, I make sure all the books I purchase have hard bound pages with round edges.
📚I read aloud everything written on the page (and if possible I show it around her too). This hearing me name something she recognizes reinforces her vocabulary and slowly helps her realize that illustrations stand for real things.
Above all, read to have fun together! Be silly in making sounds. Your baby will find it amusing and very soon you will hear your baby coming back with funny noises/words.
Read to bond!
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PS All the books mentioned are available on Amazon
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