As a parent, you may wonder how reading to a baby as young as a newborn can really be beneficial, after all, the baby can’t really comprehend what is being read, nor can he or she talk yet. But, there are many benefits to beginning to read aloud to your baby well before he or she can talk.
Reading to your baby helps build vocabulary, stimulates imagination, and improves communication skills. The more you read to them, the better it is for her growth and development. For newborn, your baby will not understand your words, he picks up on the rhythm of language – rather than the content – as he hears you speak. By hearing your voice, it stimulates an interest in sounds and helps him to develop listening skills as time goes on.
It’s never too early to start enjoying books with your little one. So, let’s check out what are the benefits of reading to your newborn.
1. It’s bonding time
This is a one-on-one session that you can really turn into a special time with your baby. It exposes the baby to the sound of your voice, which is soothing for him.
2. It preps him for reading on his own
Even though your little one doesn’t understand what you’re saying, he can still begin to pick up the rhythm, tones and inflections of your voice. Research shows that the more words a baby is exposed to, the better prepared he is to eventually start reading on his own.
3. It boosts brain power
Studies have shown that children who were read to as newborns have a relatively larger vocabulary base, as well as more advanced mathematical skills, than other kids their age. There’s also a direct link between how many words a baby hears each day and her language skills.
4. It introduces emotion
Your baby is exposed to feelings through the different sounds you use when reading to them.
5. It exposes your newborn to visuals
For the first 3 months, your newborn will start focusing his eyes on simple patterns on the pages. Reading picture books presents your newborn with a variety of shapes, letters and colors that he will begin to recognize as the months go on.
6. You really can read whatever you want – not only children book
Bored with children books? Don’t worry. Since newborns can’t understand your words yet, you get to choose whatever you enjoy reading. A newspaper article or the novel that you have been wanting to read. It doesn’t matter what you’re reading right now, as long as you are reading it to your newborn.