Books & BabesApril 15, 2015
When I reflect back to my childhood there are many great memories connected to books; most of which involve my Grandpa. No matter what he was always willing to set down the newspaper and read to me. Such a small gesture had such a big impact on me as a grew older.
At four months old Penny began sitting up on her own. Going from constantly laying under a play mat to suddenly seeing the world around you in an upright position makes for many new discoveries. Instantly we began handing her books. Small, hard paged ones that her little hands could hold. The photos below are her at 4 and 5 months. From the very first time we placed a book in her hands, she was hooked.
Babies are smarter than you think. Sometimes that crying for no reason is just them begging for some attention. Put that phone down, shut off that television, and get on the floor with them. By reading to them you are providing them your full attention. No social media can replace that kind of bonding time.
Aside from bonding, you're actually making your baby smarter! Studies show that babies who's parents read to them on a regular basis actually begin to understand speech at an astonishing early age. As you read to them, they are remembering rhythms and patterns associated with speech. This is something I have noticed since the new year. Though she can't form many words, she does actively understand when you ask her a question and responds in whatever way she can. If that's not setting your child up for success then I don't know what is!
Reading brings people together. My brother, is thirteen years old and consumed by technology on a daily basis. When he comes to visit, he is more than happy to put his phone down and read a book to his niece. This not only brings our family closer together, but it gets my brother involved and provides Penny with a sense that reading is fun.
As a mother you want to do everything you possibly can to make sure your child is healthy and happy. If something as simple as opening a book can jump start their sponge-like brain, why wouldn't you be on board? A baby wont judge you for the way you pronounce a word. They won't care if you read too fast or too slow. They only care about the sound of your voice and the attention you place on them, which itself is a beautiful thing.
If you are a mom, a grandparent, an uncle or aunt I challenge you to read the little one in your life at least two different books a day. By focusing on such a small act, we can make the children of today brighter tomorrow.
What was your favorite book growing up?