We often hear that reading is important down the line, but why exactly should I do it for my baby right now? How long should it last? What if my baby doesn’t seem interested in reading? What are the best books for this age?
Why read now
- Most child development professionals believe that children who are regularly exposed to language and books in early infancy develop higher IQs and more language fluency.
- Books offer ways to expose your baby to new vocabulary words you might not commonly use, rhyming and rhythm, and different language structures than she is exposed to in everyday conversation.
- Building positive associations: reading time = cozy time. Creating a habit of reading to your baby helps her learn to love books, because she loves being close to you and hearing your voice.
What to expect from reading at this age:
- Reading can last for less than a minute.
- Babies generally take an interest in board books sometime between 6 and 9 months. Your baby may or may not show an interest in books at first. Keep reading each day even if she doesn’t seem to be interested yet.
- Try reading face-to-face with your baby supported by your crossed leg, so she can see your face while you read.
- Your baby will probably not want to read the book beginning to end. Flip around to follow her interest.
- Your baby might prefer that you stop reading so she can chew on the book instead. It’s all good—she is still learning about books through her mouth!
The Lovevery board books have been specifically developed to capture your baby’s attention with real-life photographs of people and objects she is interested in right now. In addition to the Lovevery books, here is a list of our top favorites for babies and toddlers: