5 Tips to Help Your Baby to Read

5 Tips to Help Your Baby to Read

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We have always been fascinated with the idea that if babies could talk what would they really say to us? In the first year of life, their young brain relies on the sounds of speech to form associations with language. With this sound, the brain starts mimicking them. That’s why reading to our babies is very important as this forms the foundation of their language development.

5 Tips to Help Your Baby to Read

While babies cannot read yet, the fact that we are reading to them is already training the brain how to read. Here are 5 tips to help your baby to read to help you get started.

  1. Be happy reading to your baby. 

Reading should always be a happy and positive experience for your baby – and you. Enjoy the time, be in the moment and enjoy connecting with your baby. You may not realise it but their young brain is actually sensing everything about the experience. So, avoid any negative vibes when reading to your baby. 

  1. Build your baby’s book collection. 

Get as many and as varied books as possible for your baby. Get ones with different textures and lots of colours. Some have sounds and light effects. Choose big ones and small books too. The idea is for you to introduce different books one at a time so that your baby’s mind will be kept stimulated to integrate newer things each time. This also helps expand your child’s vocabulary, a fundamental requirement for effective language development in young children. 

  1. Read freely without expecting anything. 

Parents are not teachers who expect a learning outcome whenever they read to their babies. Don’t expect them to be glued to your face every time you read. It will take time before they can associate these times as reading times, as opportunities for them to listen to the sounds of words and for them to watch the different facial expressions that you make that they will soon associate with the different emotions in what you’re reading. 

  1. Always point to the words when reading. 

As your baby gets a little older, point to the words as you say them out loud. Be aware of the correct pronunciation too. You are actually directing their eyes onto the “word” that is associated with the “sound”. Doing this every time and they will soon start making the connections. They will also learn that the blobs of ink on the page are actually a collection of different words with different sounds.  Check out these awesome baby books for some ideas on the most popular products at the moment

  1. Make reading a habit. 

Many parents ask how often they should read to their babies. The answer is as often as possible. Their young brains are constantly making cognitive connections. That’s why you should keep providing the stimulation for this continuous cognitive development.

Reading to babies lays the groundwork for their language development. By following these 5 tips, you can help your baby learn to read, too.

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  1. These are fab tips. My daughter has been read to every day of her life and loves books. Shevis only two but is already starting to read simple sentences (as long as they only have s,a,t,p,i or n in them! )
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  2. I totally agree with you, you should start reading to your babies from a very young age.It really helps their vocabulary and interaction with words.
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  3. These are great tips. I definitely believe it benefits everyone to start reading with them when they are really young!
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  4. I loved reading as a child, can’t wait to pass my love onto my own children when the time comes! :)
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  5. great tips, like you say just reading together helps a lot! x

  6. I think being able to read is something most take for granted x
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  7. My daughter loves to look at books and my son loves to read and always has every evening as we got into a routine when he was young. Some great tips here like pointing to the words when reading them

  8. Great tips -trying to encourage my neice to read with her daughter ESMAY who is 6 months old
    So many underestimate the POWER reading has in all our lives

  9. My nephew recognises more words now because we always used to point to them when reading to him. He might not yet be able to spell them but he can read them.
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  10. I think that it is important to get your child to learn to read from a young age and pointing to the words in the book x
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  11. I’ve always shared books with my children and it has paid off as I have two great little readers.

  12. This was massively helpful thank You!
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  13. Great tips as always. Reading to your baby gives him/her a headstart.
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  14. I have read to all of my babies since birth and all 3 still enjoy books now. Reading is such an important skill x

  15. My 4 year old is desperate to read and copies her older brother who is now an independent reader and adores books. My youngest loves turning pages of board books
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  16. Fab tips. I will try these out with my kids.

  17. Hooray success with my neice
    She’s read this and is going yo try with Esmay

  18. These are great tips and something we’ve done from the start with all three of ours :-) They now adore their books and being immersed in them

  19. I think it is so important to read to our children and I read to Lily most nights, only odd ones I don’t are like tonight when she is to tired and literally she climbs into bed and falls asleep (love those nights haha)

  20. I was teaching my older one reading and youngster learned faster. Without me doing anything. Fantastic.

  21. Reading is such a big part of my life! I’d love to pass this on!

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