When you read to your baby, you create a connection with your child and build their language, social, emotional, and literacy skills.
Don’t worry about comprehension. Your baby will not understand the story or what you are saying. It is more about the gestures. When you are teaching your baby about an object, point to the object in the book so that they can see what you are talking about.
Turning the pages of a storybook also catches your baby’s attention. When you act out what you’re reading using noises and hand gestures, it is bound to instill some interest in the activity.
Once you turn this into a daily routine, you’ll be surprised by how quickly your baby will start learning and understanding small things. Repetition is key.
You’ll probably read the same storybook or sing the same song every day during reading time. It may be tedious and boring after a while, but it will help shape your child’s daily routine, which will pay off later as they get older.
It’s entirely up to you when to start reading to your baby. Some parents read to their babies when they are still in the womb. Others wait until the baby is a few months old to start reading to them.
However, experts say that the earlier you start reading to your baby, the better. In fact, they recommend that you introduce your child to reading as early as you introduce them to toys.