It’s never too early to start reading with your little one. Including story time in the bedtime routine has proven to have many benefits. Not only is it a great bonding experience with endless cuddles, it’s also great for developing a child’s brain.
The greatest benefit of reading is the early development of language skills. The wait time to hear that first “Mama” or “Dada” will shorten because the child will be more familiar with your native language. By routinely reading out loud to your child it builds a network of vocabulary in their brain. It’s simple; the more words they hear the better they will be able to speak those words themselves.
Research shows that children who were routinely read to before bed are more likely to begin reading on their own at an earlier age. The more you read to your child, the quicker you’ll be able to put your renowned story time voice away and finally sit back and let your child read to you!
But perhaps the biggest perk of reading to your child is the connection between you and your child. The sound of your voice and the warmth of your body soothe your child. Before they close their eyes to fall asleep your voice is the last sound they hear. There is no better way to end their day than reading a personalized storybook that reassures the child that they are loved by people both near and far.