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Read to your baby

Read to your baby

I learnt the hard way that it’s never too early to start reading to your baby, with Teenager, we never tried to make it part of our bedtime routine until he was an older toddler despite my teacher sister buying him oodles of books when he was born. We tried desperately to engage him in some childhood classics but he only ever liked the George and Bartholomew series and the odd Thomas the Tank Engine, Β quickly developing into a reluctant reader and school reading became a chore.

It was so frustrating always having to encourage him, it took the fun out of it every time, in the end we settled for Roald Dahl story CD’s each night so at least he was listening to them. Β I’m now well aware of the importance of reading and listening to stories in the early years, how it impacts on speech and language development as well as literacy skills.

With that in mind we read to Baby R from the word go, starting with black and white books and quickly progressing to ‘That’s Not My….” ones which have quickly become his firm favourites. If he’s ever whingey or in need of distraction then out fail safe is getting out a book.

Fingers crossed we’ve set up good foundations for the future, stories are such a big part of childhood. My brother, sister and I are super nostalgic about some the books we grew up with. From Flower Fairies, My Naught Little Sister through to reading my Dad’s Guinness Book of Records over and over again, I even named my first cat after a favourite childhood book and with the hope of my brother being an accomplished author one day, it only seems fitting his nephews are book worms too.

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  1. 24th May 2015 / 7:52 am

    I did much the same, with my eldest I tried reading to him once he was around 2 years old. He’s never really taken to reading and only does it because he has to. He’s 10 years old now and still won’t read for pleasure. With my youngest LP I read to him from the get-go and he loves to read. He’s 6 now and reads all the time. We’ve bought him the entire Mr Men AND Little Miss series of books and he’s worked his way through all of them. I would totally agree that you have to read to them as soon as they’re born. Great post.

    • 24th May 2015 / 7:54 am

      Thanks Morgan, it’s such a shame our 1st babies are the practice ones isn’t it. I’m really hoping my littlest one is like your LP and carries on his love of books.

  2. 24th May 2015 / 5:51 pm

    What a lovely photo of your little one enjoying story time. My two both love books and have enjoyed bedtime stories since they were babies – it is lovely to see little ones enjoying books and getting swept up in a story.

    • 24th May 2015 / 6:11 pm

      I’m already seeing my baby enjoying sharing a book, its lovely isn’t it.

  3. 25th May 2015 / 7:58 am

    Ha, now I’m the opposite with my children, unfortunately. I read every night with my toddler, and often through the day too, but I just really struggle to read to my baby. It’s a real shame because he clearly loves looking at books, but my toddler takes more of my attention!

  4. Adventures of a Novice Mum
    25th May 2015 / 1:10 pm

    Lovely reading picture. Setting good reading foundation from the begining is so important and it’s never too early, as you stated.

    I’m not very good with reading before every bed time but books and reading are an everyday part of my little one’s life . He often brings books to us to read to him whilst he is playing with his toys and his favourite book depends on his mood (I think).

    Good on you to cultivate this very essential habit in your little ones. #aNoviceMumCommentLuv

    • 25th May 2015 / 9:46 pm

      It’s so important and sets up a whole lot of other learning, I’ve trained in early years since Teenager was a baby and now realise where I went wrong.

  5. 25th May 2015 / 4:08 pm

    Great post, we are huge believers in the importance of reading to little ones early on but it is really interesting to hear it from your perspective with a eenager and the challenges faced as a result of not reading. We have always read to Monkey since he was tiny and he loves stories so I hope we are standing him in good stead. We haven’t made as much of an effort with LM but she is still read to every day and I am trying to make a bit more of an effort with her now she is so interested in the world around her. This is a good reminder of why it is so important though, thanks for linking with #MaternityMondays

    • 25th May 2015 / 9:44 pm

      I’m sure I started too late with my eldest hence why we’ve done it form the start with our youngest. It may just be a coincidence, but I’m sure that’s why he loves reading now.

  6. 25th May 2015 / 9:50 pm

    Oh yes, I can absolutely vouch for your words Ali. We read to our little bear from newborn and I can honestly say that not a single day has gone by where she hasn’t been read to. She loves reading with a passion and with that comes a love of writing. As she nears the end of Reception at school, she has just recently gone up a level in her reading and got full marks in her spelling tests. I have no doubt whatsoever that this is down to her being read to. And I’m so very glad that we took the time out to do that with her πŸ™‚ It’s so rewarding to see, as you’re now discovering! As for her favourite book – she’s currently onto chapter books and it varies week by week. #magicmoments

    • 26th May 2015 / 7:42 am

      I’m so glad you’ve said this, it just confirms that by reading to our baby we’re already making a difference. That’s great news for your daughter & credit to you x

  7. 25th May 2015 / 10:14 pm

    I started reading with my daughter when she was just a few weeks old, she seemed to love anything that rhymes (I love reading her Julia Donaldson books) or with a rhythm (like ”We’re Going On A Bear Hunt”). We’ve been through a phase of her getting very frustrated because she can’t chew the books as I found it easier to read before starting the bedtime routine. This has reminded me how important it is to try again though, especially now she takes a while to drift off to sleep I need to incorporate a story into the bedtime routine. #MaternityMondays

    • 31st May 2015 / 4:46 pm

      We stick to board books most of the time because of the chewing!

  8. Ellie Mulligan
    26th May 2015 / 7:24 am

    Totally agree here. I introduced a bed time story last christmas when he was 10 months old. I read while he is having his milk. Im not sure he is taking it in, he does stare and i am sure he is lisetning, but I do it everynight regardless and hopefully it will pay off! xx

    • 26th May 2015 / 7:43 am

      I’m starting to notice the difference with my youngest & my eldest so I’m sure it’s having an effect like you said.

  9. 26th May 2015 / 8:43 am

    This is such a nice photo. Capturing a sweet moment! I didnt read to my son as well and it took us awhile for him to read books when he started FS. But I think he is doing well now. Though like what you have said it is a school assignment rather than a part of his everyday life. #bwphotoproject

    • 26th May 2015 / 7:39 pm

      My older children have only read because they’ve been told too & it’s such a shame as they’ve always seen me loose myself in a good book so I thought they would follow suit but sadly it’s not the case.

  10. 26th May 2015 / 9:18 am

    I have to agree, that reading to them from the get go makes things so much easier. I did this right from birth pretty much and my 2 year old is insanely into books now and her language wows me on a daily basis as a result. I guess I was always into books so not really something I planned but it just happened that way! #twinklytuesday

    • 26th May 2015 / 7:37 pm

      That’s so great you’ve just done it from a natural passion, I’m sure this will always be part of your family way now.

  11. MOMM
    26th May 2015 / 9:48 am

    Great post and a great reminder. This has definetely pushed me to get more reading time in with my one year old. #twinkletuesdays

    • 26th May 2015 / 7:36 pm

      Thank you, it is so important. I’ll never be able to get my eldest into reading now. Im just hoping he picks it up when he’s older by choice.

  12. Marsha
    26th May 2015 / 10:51 am

    I read to my son as an infant and continue to read to him now at the age of 8. He still enjoys it. and the time spent reading is quality time and a time that life lessons can sometimes be taught. It is precious time that I will remember when I am old and time he will reflect upon when he is grown.

    • 26th May 2015 / 7:35 pm

      Totally agree, it’s the bonding & closeness that books bring which are equally important as the literacy & language

  13. Mum in Brum
    26th May 2015 / 12:09 pm

    At first it did seem strange reading to my newborn baby who was either a)asleep b)crying or c)feeding, but I’ve kept trying and since around 4 months she’s taken a real interest in it. She doesn’t give many giggles but reading in silly voices always works so I absolutely love it now! So glad you’re little one’s enjoying it too. I’m so looking forward to moving onto Roald Dahl πŸ™‚ #TwinklyTuesdays

    • 26th May 2015 / 7:34 pm

      I must admit, there’s been a few books I’ve read with Tween which ive really enjoyed myself, especially the David Walliams ones.

  14. 26th May 2015 / 1:48 pm

    I love reading and my partner doesn’t which I struggle to understand. So I was determined to instil a love of reading in our son so we’ve read to him from about 3 months. It seems to have worked as he loves books and like with your little one it is a great way to distract him when he’s tired or we’re travelling. The amount of books seem to be taking over our house though!

  15. 26th May 2015 / 8:06 pm

    We have so many favourites already in our house but somehow we always come back to the Gruffalo, such a wonderful story. I have lots of my old books that we read to the children, something we have done since they were tiny. Lovely picture and the That’s Not My range is also still a firm favourite in our house too πŸ™‚ #bwphotoproject

    • 31st May 2015 / 4:45 pm

      I love the Gruffalo, well any Julia Donaldson books really

  16. 27th May 2015 / 1:26 am

    Reading from a young age is great but don’t feel not reading caused your eldest to be a reluctant reader, I have some who have taken to books and some who find it hard or boring at school yet I read with them all as tots, So much is just wrapped up in their character and learning style.

    • 31st May 2015 / 4:40 pm

      Thats good to know that it might not be all my fault. I like to think that all the internet researching and computer games he plays helps with me of his reading.

    • 31st May 2015 / 4:30 pm

      I’m trying to get into a good habit as its so easy to by pass it isn’t it.

  17. 27th May 2015 / 8:27 pm

    I really need to read a bedtime story each night my little two as i dont and i feel bad as my oldest use to love a story each night until she was around 9 years old. I use to adore Enid Blyton books as a child x #sharewithme

    • 31st May 2015 / 4:28 pm

      Thats great she still let you read to her till she was 9. I sed to love the Enid Blyton books too.

  18. 27th May 2015 / 9:21 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. It’s so important. We have always read bedtime stories, although I suspect we’ve done it a little less with our youngest (but she listens when we read to the boys). My oldest now reads voraciously, I can’t keep up with him πŸ™‚ I love to see them developing the same love of reading that I have x #sharewithme

    • 28th May 2015 / 4:46 pm

      It’s just so pivotal to all other learning, I just wasn’t so aware 15 years ago

  19. 28th May 2015 / 11:26 am

    I love the that’s not my series of books and Boo does too. We read every night as part of her bedtime routine. It was something I wanted to start early. I think it’s nice to have that quiet time together and I love reading and really hope Boo grows to love it too

    • 31st May 2015 / 4:27 pm

      Thats when we always settle with a book too and I use it to calm him when he’s grumpy

  20. 29th May 2015 / 10:31 am

    We’ve always read ot both our kids. They really enojy it. I take them both to the library every couple of weeks and even the toddler loves it. Glad to see you appreciate the joys of reading to kids from a young age. #MMWBH

    • 31st May 2015 / 4:26 pm

      You’ve just reminded me about the library, I must get his card sorted, I use to love going there

  21. 29th May 2015 / 11:59 am

    Dear Zoo was the boy’s favourite and even at 2 years and 2 months they STILL love it!! πŸ™‚ We don’t have bedtime stories regularly but I love to read to them during the day. They love the ‘That’s Not My…’ books too β€” and also The Tiger That Came to Tea is a favourite πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday x

    Caro |

    • 31st May 2015 / 4:25 pm

      Oh I love that book, I’ve read that one to our baby since birth as he loved the big contrasting colours

  22. Jenny
    31st May 2015 / 10:05 am

    Great post we are all huge bookworms in this house and are constantly reading to our little ones. Its so good for them. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me I hope you are enjoying my blog hop and thanks for all the linky support! #sharewithme

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