Babies are ready to learn. Their brain doubles in size during their first year of life. From the moment they hear their parent's voices they are starting to comprehend language. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers play an important role in helping the baby's development. A baby thrives on loving attention and physical touch. Holding the baby while reading to them creates stimulation in the brain.
Scientists have proven that exposure to colors, textures, words and songs have a lasting impact on brain development. Smelling, touching, and tasting are important right along with seeing and hearing. A child's brain does not develop equally during the growth years. Timing is critical for proper stimulation and growth, and the lack of stimulation has a lasting effect.
Hold your baby and create a bond with them that makes them feel happy and safe. Give them the pleasure of your voice in daily conversation about ordinary objects.
Read to your baby! Even before the words are understood your voice will give familiar comfort. Give cloth or board books to baby to hold and chew on. Point to objects in the book and name them. Change the tone and level of your voice as you read. Ask the baby questions "Do you see the bunny?" and for now provide the answers "There he is!"
Don't try to force reading. You can keep reading even when baby's interests wander. Or, you can quit and return again later in the day. Always make reading fun for both of you at every age!
Picking A Book For Baby --Babies love to look at babies and other items that look familiar. They like to hear you make sounds and read silly rhymes. They also like to touch things that are soft and fuzzy. Pick books with simple, bold, bright pictures.