GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — Fostering a love for reading starts early! Reading to your baby has many benefits including growing their vocabulary, learning new colors and textures and bonding with you. Since babies don’t have long attention spans try these tips to make storytime stimulating and fun.
Tips for reading with baby/toddler
Tip 1: Start by sitting on the floor with your baby or toddler. They may want to walk around which is completely normal. Let them move around but chances are if you’re focused on showing them something and you’re down on their level they’ll probably come over and sit to see what the fuss is all about.
Tip 2: Start with board books. Babies don’t know their own super-strength. Board books are much harder to destroy and baby can get involved in helping turn the pages.
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Tip 3: Use books that have lots of texture so your child can touch and feel the pages.
Tip 4: Find books with flaps. Play peek-a-boo using the books which your baby will love to participate in.
Tip 5: If you baby seems more interested in looking at the same pages over and over, that’s ok. You don’t have to go in order, just focus on what they like.
Tip 6: Create a storytime routine and stick with it. Your child will love spending this special quiet time with you.