Our family is big on books. It’s one of our go-to quiet time activities. We actually have a name for it – it’s called “Library Time”.
When my daughter Rose was teeny tiny – we started incorporating story time into her daily bedtime routine. It was a way for us to wind down with her and gave both me and my husband some time to just “be with her” when the kerfuffle of dinner and bath time was over and done for the day.
She loved it and we loved it. And so “Library Time” was established. And to perfectly honest, we also quite enjoyed reading some of her books – they were as much for us as they were for her!
Our six months old son William is no different. This kid loves being read to and developmentally its never to early to start exposing your baby to the world of books and reading.
Reading aloud to your baby is such an amazing shared activity that you can continue for years. It’s a great way to teach your baby about communication and enhances their vocabulary skills. It’s also a wonderful way to introduce concepts such as numbers, letters, colours and shapes. Black and white books are especially awesome in the newborn stage when contrasting colours help stimulate baby’s early vision.
One study found that babies whose parents read to them scored higher on language tests when they reached 3 years of age. Ah…I love brainy kids!
Here are a few of our favourites that are a great addition to Baby’s First Library!
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Mrs Mustard’s Baby Faces by Jane Wattenberg
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
On the Night you were Born by Nancy Tillman
Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox
Black & White by Tana Hoban
Of course there are so, so many great books out there for the 0-6 month age range!
Does your little one have a favourite book? I’d love to hear what you guys are reading!