Should I Read to my Newborn

Should I Read to my Newborn

Today we have a very special guest post sponsored by Mother Tongue! (Launching December!) About whether you should read to your newborn or not. Find out in this amazing and thorough blog with practical tips and even book recommendations. – Tom from Yalla Baby Box

I knew it was important to read with your child from a young age, but I did wonder how beneficial it would be to read to a newborn. I mean, lack of sleep, trying to master breastfeeding, changing a nappy in the middle of the night with a child who screams as if they’re being tortured! Honestly, does it really matter if I don’t read to my baby from the moment they’re born? I was interested in finding out more, so I started to do some digging!

Reasons it’s Beneficial.

After doing some research, I found an array of reasons why reading to your newborn can be beneficial.

  • Comforting
  • Builds a Bond
  • Develops language and understanding
  • Introduces emotions
  • Visual stimulus
  • Builds memory & vocabulary
  • Builds brain power
  • It gets a response
  • Makes reading fun
  • Stimulates the imagination

Did I witness the benefits?

From the moment my baby was born, I made a conscious effort to read to him, so did I find any of the reasons above to be true?… YES!!! There were so many I could mention, but here are a few that stood out.

Visual stimulus – I noticed as my baby’s eyesight and mobility improved, he started to move his head to look at the images in the books.

Develops language and understanding – It was apparent he was beginning to pick up on the tone and rhythm of my voice from his bodily reactions. He would stare at the different shapes my mouth made; because of this, I would exaggerate the words.

Builds brain power – I introduced him to books where the images are hidden under flaps, at first he would only look at the pictures, but over time he began to lift the flaps. These are some of his favourite books because they’re interactive.

Builds memory & vocabulary – My baby is now eight months old, from newborn I have read a lot of the same books to him daily, it is clear he recognizes the books from his facial expressions and the way he explores the book.

Builds a Bond – Some of the more interactive books I will read with him in the day, while at bedtime, I tend to choose storybooks to read to him. After the fun of bathtime, I can tell the story helps to comfort and relax him, and I must say, it’s also a magical bonding time.

I did not find one negative from reading to my baby from newborn. I felt gifted with the benefits it gave to us both. It has aided him at every stage of his development so far and given a special time for mother/baby bonding.

Book recommendations

To find what I’m reading with my baby, please see my recommendations below.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kier

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen 

That’s Not My Monster by Fiona Watt 

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

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