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When and why your baby will love being read to

Reading a bedtime story to your child may be one of the things you’re looking forward to most when they’re a bit older, but the good news is, it’s never too early to start.

From the moment they’re born, you can ‘read’ books with big colourful images and interactive puppets and peepholes. They’ll pick up on the tone of your voice and love being cuddled. As dads ourselves, we’ve all commented on how bedtime stories were a great way for us to get involved in the bedtime routine. After a bath and bottle, cuddle up in bed with the Knuma Huddle crib attached to the bedside and read together until baby falls asleep, then you can lay them safely down without waking.

Why are bedtime stories so good?

Not only is reading a great way to make your baby feel loved, safe and calm, there’s also mounting evidence that children who are read to master language much quicker than those who are not, according to Dr Lyons at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland.

And the benefits don’t stop there. Here are 8 more benefits of reading to your child at any age:

Helps brain development – by having fun with voices and sound effects, you’ll help engage their auditory cortex

Reduces stress – reading helps calm your baby and, as they grow up, it can help them deal with any troubles by giving them characters to relate to

Improves speech - as your baby becomes a toddler, they’ll start jabbering when they read and picking up how words are pronounced

Widen their vocabulary – explain the meaning of new words as you go along and they’ll make sense of it in relation to the story

Improves their language – by hearing the same words in different contexts, they’ll use the words more naturally in their conversation

Improves their creativity – by reading fanciful stories, you’ll help their own imaginations run wild

Provides a moral code – as they get older they will start to learn right and wrong from stories and how to care for their friends and family

Teaches them how reading works – reading to your child not only teaches them that reading is fun and creative, it also teaches them that words and pictures sit on a page together and that we read left to right.

No matter what age your little one is, putting on silly voices and venturing into magical worlds together is as much a benefit as it is a pleasure – for both parents and children.

 

 

 

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