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The Importance of Reading to Babies and Infants

Books are great, we love books and use them daily in our Play School and Early Childhood Center. We know that reading books to preschool and school-age children is important, but is it really that important? According to this article the answer is yes.

"Reading to infants contributes to the development of their growing brains and gives them a good start towards a lifelong love of reading and good literature. When you read to babies, it can also help their speech development as they are taking in information and beginning to learn about speech patterns. In addition, synapses connect between your infant's neurons as you read aloud, positively affecting child development in many areas."

That sounds amazing and shows the benefit your baby will have from getting introduced to books as early as possible. Some tips how to read to your baby:

- Make reading a close and cuddly experience and set up a special reading place at home;

- Don't worry about reading a book from start to finish;

- Point out names and pictures;

- Increase the length and complexity of books as your baby starts to show more and more interest.

If you are looking for some reading inspiration this site lists some great books to read with your baby and we love the books shown on this site. 

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