Tips and Benefits of Reading Books to Babies + Book Haul

I bought Cloud’s first books when he was 2 months old and started reading to him right away. I always make sure to read him a book every night before going to sleep. People tell me that way, he could be smarter or become a book lover. Who wouldn’t want that? In fact, I also bought him the Baby Einstein – Infant Video Line which he keeps watching few hours in a day. Of course, we still buy him toys because I still want his growing months fruitful and enjoying.

According to raisesmartkid.comwhen your read with your child, he derives these benefits:

  • The intimacy of reading to your kid is such a pleasurable experience to him that he will have a positive attitude towards reading as he grows up.
  • It calms your child, especially when he is fretful and restless.
  • It promotes increased communication between you and your child.
  • Preschool children who are exposed to language by hearing words that are read to him and in conversation tend to do well in school.
  • Many studies show that students who love learning and do well in school were exposed to reading before preschool.
  • Your baby learns early the basics of reading a book, that words represent sounds and concepts, words are read from left to write, and stories continue when you flip the page.
  • It promotes longer attention span, which is an important skill for your kid to be able to concentrate.
  • It builds listening skills and imagination.
  • Your young child learns about colors, shapes, numbers, and letters, while your older child discovers an expanding chain of knowledge.  His interest in cars, for example, will expand to his interest in trucks, and other transportation like planes and rockets, and soon he will be reading about outer space, science and technology, and so forth.
  • A study published in Perspectives on Psychological Science in January 2013 concluded that “reading to a child in an interactive style raises his or her IQ by over 6 points.”
  • Books teach your child thinking skills early. When you read to your child, he learns to understand cause and effect, he learns to exercise logic, as well as think in abstract terms. He learns the consequences of actions, and the basics of what is right and wrong.
  • Books teach your child about relationships, situations, personalities, and what is good and what is bad in the world he lives in.  Fantasy books provide material for his imagination and free play.  Fairy tales fascinate your kid, and help him distinguish between what is real and what is not.
  • When your child reaches a new stage in his growth, or experiences a new and unfamiliar situation, reading to your child about a story relevant to his new experience can relieve his anxiety and help him cope. For example, if your child is stressed about his first day in school, or about moving to a new location, you can read a book to him that shows that these should not be painful experiences.
  • Your child learns early that reading is fun and not a chore. When your child grows up, you will not be stressed about getting him to read, as reading has become, for him, a pleasurable habit.

Here are some tips to remember on reading to your kid so he will grow up a reader:

  • Make your child an active participant in the reading.
  • Since your kid imitates your behavior, let him see you read books.  Let him know that reading is a part of life!
  • Let your child feel that reading a book with him is a pleasurable and enjoyable experience, and not a stressful activity that you are forcing him to do.
  • Form a habit of reading to him at the same time each day, or at least several times a week.  Choose a time when you and your child are both relaxed and not rushed.
  • Choose books that your kid will be most interested in, and appropriate for his age. A young child likes colorful drawings and pictures of people.
  • To help your child understand that letters and words are symbols that are used to communicate, run your finger under the print but don’t force your child to follow your finger.
  • Sometimes, your kid likes a particular book and wants to read it repeatedly.  Do not discourage this, since he finds reading this book pleasurable – and pleasure is what he should get from reading!  Also, he is getting the most out of this book and is giving you a hint about his interest!
  • Expose your kid though to a variety of books.
  • You can use reading as a way to allay your child’s fears or prepare him for changes in his life.  For example, you can choose books about using the potty, going to school, or moving to a new house when he is about to have these new experiences.
  • Teach your child to treasure books and treat them with respect – keeping them clean and in good condition.
  • Surround your kid with books.  Keep books where your kid can easily reach them so he will be able to browse them by himself.
  • Take books to read to your child on long trips and places where you have to wait like the doctor’s office.

After reading the benefits, I even want to buy more books to Cloud. I want to build a sort of mini-library for him. 

Speaking of new books, I am sharing these COLORS POP-UP PEEKABOO! we bought from Book Sale – SM North Edsa few weeks ago.

Awww the animal characters are so adorable! Even I can’t stop staring at it. I also noticed Cloud staring on the pop-ups as we read and try to get it (and tear it, hahah). Since we started reading this, he now enjoys playing Peek-a-boo unlike before. 

We bought these for 160php each. Please note they are second-hand books but still in good condition. Good deal right? The SA told me that these sold like a hot pancakes so I grabbed the chance to buy all. 

Any recommendations on what books to read for Cloud (10mos)?

Would love to hear it you!

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8 Replies to “Tips and Benefits of Reading Books to Babies + Book Haul

  1. I agree with the benefits listes above. We started reading cloth books to our son when he was a baby. This allowed him to experience and explore his senses as well. I recommend books that have rhymes like Dr. Seuss' or books from the list of Before Five in a Row. We don't have most of the books on the list but each one we have is our son's favorite. 🙂 He specially loves Goodnight Moon.

  2. Ang cucute at ang gaganda ng mga books na to, I like the colors. Yep, I agree reading to your kids it helps develop their vocabulary. Thanks mommy for sharing these such beautiful peekaboo books 🙂

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