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Reading to Babies: Why Should I Read to My Baby?

It is true that your six-month old son or daughter most likely won’t be able to understand all that you’re reading to him from a book. But don’t worry; your baby can still absorb a lot of information as you read to him. There are many benefits when it comes to reading to babies.

Read to your child as often as you can. Some parents find it hard to read to their young kids. But remember, sometimes reading is simply describing the pictures you see in a book without even following what’s written in the book itself. Here are some of the important benefits of reading to babies.

Reading to Babies

Reading to Babies Teach Them How to Communicate

Speech is the primary means of communication. Studies have shown that reading to babies can help them with speech development and acquiring language skills at a faster rate. Reading to babies stimulates their hearing senses and encourage them to imitate sounds and vowels. One of the first things that babies start saying is vowels such as “ma”, “da” and “ba”. Reading to babies helps them to develop the necessary early language skills and encourage them to respond to what they hear.

Babies Learn Educational Concepts

Shapes, colors and numbers are one of the first educational concepts that most babies start learning. Books are usually the best method to introduce these visual concepts to young children at an early age. As you read to your baby, he begins to make a connection between what you read to him and what he sees. When you read to your baby about a “red ball” while showing the picture of the ball to him, his brain processes the visual and auditory information that it receives, records the information and remembers the correlation for future use.

It is a Bonding Time for Babies and Parents

Reading time is a great opportunity for parents to bond with their babies. Having your baby sit on your lap, holding him tight and reading to him with your own voice will make a special moment for any parent. As you read to your baby try to express emotions and vary the tone of your voice to stimulate reactions. You can be sure that your baby hears your voice and recognizes it among other voices and sounds that come to his ears.

Babies Learn Vocabulary

Reading loud to babies familiarizes them with the letters of the alphabet, simple words and how they sound. Your baby may not understand the meaning of the words you’re reading to him, but he is certainly able to grasp the rhythm and the tone of your voice as you read. Through repetition babies can become acquainted with certain sounds and vowels. They will soon learn to imitate these sounds as they try to respond to your voice and emotions.

Reading to Babies Develops Cognitive Skills

Reading to babies stimulates their brains to practice receiving and processing of information at a very young age. Your baby is constantly absorbing new information through observation and hearing new sounds and voices. As babies grow older, their brains start to develop further and find the ability to understand the information they receive in a meaningful manner. Reading to babies is definitely an effective way to boost the brain and help your baby grow intellectually.

 

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Facts About Babies No One Ever Tells You

A newborn baby brings big changes and a new atmosphere to any home and any family. Although experiencing parenthood is one of the most joyful moments of life, it’s also the beginning point for carrying responsibility and caring for someone else’s life. The truth is after having a baby your life won’t be the same as before. And no matter how much you prepare yourself for this important milestone in your life, there are always surprises that can make you either joyful or tearful.

When my first son was born, I was overwhelmed with all the changes that came to my life in one day. The purpose of this article is to help new parents understand the possible challenges they may face after their baby is born. Here are the facts about babies that every brand new parent needs to know.

Facts About Babies No One Ever Tells You

You won’t Know Anything until You Hold the Baby

You thought you knew everything you needed to know to take care of your newborn? No matter how many books you’ve read and how many training sessions you’ve attended, you never get the full grasp of caring for a baby until you hold your own in your arms. Holding your newborn in your arms is indeed a magical moment. But the real test comes when you face challenges like non-stop crying and sleeping or feeding problems. Well, these are all common issues among the newborns and there is no-way to escape from such issues. After all, now you know you are a real mom in-training.

Taking Care of a Newborn is Not an Easy Task

Some moms are just lucky to have one of those babies who are calm all the time, don’t cry much and don’t pose any feeding challenges to their parents. Although this rare situation happens to some lucky parents, the likelihood is that it most probably won’t happen to you. Taking care of a new born involves a lot of ups and downs and comes with many trials to overcome. The truth is your life is going to be upside down for a while. Be prepared to face common newborn problems such as breastfeeding challenges, sleeping problems, health issues and non-stop crying dilemma.

Getting Enough Sleeping Will Be a Big Challenge

Newborns tend to wake up, cry and ask for food about every two hours. Having a newborn is equal to saying goodbye to a good night’s sleep for most parents. It will probably take months for your baby’s biological clock to adjust and be able to sleep longer at night. Recent polls show that most newborn parents suffer from sleep deprivation. Closing your eyes at night and opening them up at sunrise after an eight-hour sleep will be a wishful dream for many newborn parents.

Your Life Will Be Easier – I don’t Think So

Nurturing a new baby boy or girl is a huge responsibility for any parent. The time you become a parent, everything changes in your life. Believe it or not, your life and your time clock will be based on your newborn’s eating and sleeping pattern. As a matter of fact, your little one becomes the first priority in every category of your life. As a parent you will have to give up personal times and routine activities to take care of your new baby. This means no more meeting up with friends regularly, no more watching movies at night, eating out, doing workout or following with your favorite hobbies. It is true that Parenthood comes with many responsibilities and challenges. The truth is life is not the same anymore.

 

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