Want to expand your child’s vocabulary or imagination? You want to improve your child’s listening skills, and help them understand the world around them? Reading books for babies under 1 is one of the best ways your child learns life skills and so much more. I read books to all my children from the time they were in my womb! I invested in the best books and this small library I built with my first child served my other two children also.
Why is it important to read to your baby?
They are fast learners and understand a lot more than we presume. Don't we all underestimate little children? For instance, when my eldest was less than a year old, we were nursing; I noticed the one she was latched on was almost empty. So I said, "Aria, come to the other side now". She unlatched immediately and crawled over me to the nurse from my next. I was so impressed! It struck me what a brilliant mind they must have. Dr. Haim Genott says children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression! My baby understood what I was saying. I was so pleased that reading books helped strengthen and build her vocabulary.
What are the benefits to reading books to your child under the age of 5 years?
- Your baby learns how to communicate.
- Books introduce concepts like color, shapes, numbers in a creative way.
- Reading aloud helps your child build memory, improve listening skills, and language skills.
- Your baby learns about the world around them, like seasons or to prepare for preschool.
What age should you read to your child?
Age appropriate books are key to helping your child understand the world around them and learn new concepts. With my second pregnancy, special books on the same subject helped us prepare her for our new baby. Books also helped her understand different concepts like colors and made her social-emotional skills stronger.
When to read to your children?
Reading everyday as a part of your daily schedule is a bonding exercise. Consider it as quality time without the unnecessary screen distractions or social media. Just you, your child, and a fantastic book to relax and end your day. I have a reminder on my phone “Stop, Drop and Read to Babies” at 4 pm every day. We also read before going to bed.
Is it hard?
It's not easy; especially to stay calm after a long hard day to read a book (perhaps in funny voices!) but I plough through knowing my 6-year-old reads on her own now. She pays more attention in her school, loves reading, can read food menus, hoardings, the world just makes better sense for her this way.
Our Favorite Books for Babies Under 1
You don’t have to have a BIG library. Studies show repetition promotes word learning! So it's actually better to have a few of the best books. These are our favorite books for babies under 1.
Favorite Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers
I rather spend a little bit more for high-quality books that meet my goal - which is to introduce new concepts, expand their imagination, and help my children learn more about the world around them. Get books with exceptional visuals and interesting storylines for your toddler or preschooler.
I don't buy preloved books
Buying preloved baby books from the Salvation Army or social media groups is fine too. For me? It's hard to keep up with flash sales. Always disappointing to see the book you want sell out within seconds. On the other hand, the random books I managed to grab on such groups weren't very useful. To save time and money (and my sanity as a new mother) I researched other articles and found these books on Amazon, hassle-free! I hope you love them as we do too. Let me know..
Our favorite books for under the age of 5 years.
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