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Baby Bookworms! 7 Tips for Reading Aloud to Babies & Toddlers

by Erin Dower

Did you know that reading to your baby can boost his brain power? The American Academy of Pediatrics announced a new policy in June 2014 advising that parents regularly read aloud to kids from infancy through at least age 5 because it stimulates development, supports the parent/child bond, and helps build language, literacy, and social/emotional skills at a critical time in children's lives. Plus, it's just plain fun! Get some simple tips to make the most of story time with your tot.

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Start 'Em Young


While it's never too late to start reading to your little one, it's also never too early. Babies can begin to hear about 30 weeks in utero, so some parents talk, read, and sing to their babies even before they are born, which may strengthen the early parent/child bond. Also, newborn babies can hear before they can see clearly, so speaking and reading to infants can help soothe them and familiarize them with family members' voices. Reading aloud to a newborn is a great bonding activity for dads, as well as big siblings.

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