When bath time is over and Kawan has finished traversing the waters of the tub, the Pajamas are on and the lights have been dimmed, there’s one last activity that completes the bedtime ritual.
In our opinion there can be no more valuable investment in your baby than the hours spent reading to them. Believe it or not, by the time your baby reaches 12 months, he or she will have learnt all the sounds they need to speak their native language. The more words, sounds and expressions you expose your baby to from an early age, the more resources they have to draw from when they eventually do begin to speak and the more likely they are to learn to read from an early age.
Reading to babies also exposes them to a larger range of social expressions allowing them to process things such as tone of voice, build their listening and memory skills and introduces them to new concepts such as letters, numbers and information about the world around them.
The connection that is formed between a mother and baby in the early stages of a child’s development can have a profound effect on what they then go on to pursue in later life. When a baby is read to, the mother’s voice and tender cuddles become linked with a new dimension; books. By attaching this importance to books and reading, a child is more likely to learn to read early, and grow up with a love of books.
A well known Dane, Hans Christian Anderson, knew the importance of fairy tales and creating stories that help young children make sense of their world. The themes of these important stories learnt at an early age are often carried with us through to adulthood. After all, most of us know the story of The little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea and Thumbelina, but struggle to remember books we’ve read more recently.