Infusing reading into your daily routine is a wonderful way to bond with baby and build a solid early language and literacy foundation. Reading books to your baby is key in supporting later academic skills because books expose baby to vocabulary words, speech sounds, rhyming, images, colors, shapes, basic concepts, prepositions, categories, and beyond. Books provide a rich, multi-sensory learning experience and incorporating books into baby’s routine from the start encourages a future love for reading!
- As baby begins to explore books, help him familiarize with the features of a book by labeling parts of the book (front, back, pages, word, letter, picture) and showing baby what you do with a book (open, close, read, turn page, look) as you read.
- Let him explore books that interest him at whatever level he is at (looking, listening, holding, patting, turning pages, etc.).
- Your baby might even find great joy in chewing on the book! Mouthing objects is one important way that infants explore the world around them (just make sure everything that goes near baby’s mouth is baby-safe/non-toxic and that he is always supervised).