Pregnancy and childbirth can be a tough and challenging time for any couple. As soon as your little one comes into this world, you become more aware of his or her well-being and holistic development.
As new parents, you naturally care about the baby’s development, both their physical and mental growth. Catering to their physical needs is vital and feels like a fulltime job. Equally important, is catering to the needs of the growing brain. If you are wondering how you could assist your little one’s mental development, here is a simple answer –Reading Books! Reading books to young babies stimulates their brain.
Reading, by far, is one of the best exercises that one can provide to their brain. This is also true for babies. It improves their cognitive skills and helps in language development.
Many parents are uncomfortable reading to a new baby. They are bewildered, wondering how the baby will understand what is being read. That is why many new parents don’t do it. However, scientific experiments have actually proven that reading boosts a baby’s brain, helping to improve the cognitive and imaginary skills of the child, and stimulating the brain to grow faster.
Many believe that a newborn recognizes their parents’ voices from the moment they are born. But, the voices of others are unfamiliar. My first grandchild was born a little over 9 months ago. I felt that reading to him early was an opportunity for him to hear and begin recognizing my voice. So, having family members or caregivers read to your baby will likely help the infant identify others by the tone, quality, and speech pattern of their voices.
Our days and nights are full. But, if you take a moment out of your busy and hectic life to sit with your baby in your arms and read him or her a story, I have no doubt you will sense that both of you have gained something invaluable from these precious moments. And that goes for others who love your little one, too!
P.S- My favorite childhood book was Harold and the Purple Crayon. My grandson loves his musical Old McDonald Had a Farm book (not counting his very own Fairytale Baby Book, of course!). Let us know your or your child’s favorite book. We all may get some great ideas from the list!