Why are we even talking about books for 0-3 month old babies? Aren't they too little to understand? Actually it's the perfect time to start!
Babies are born ready to interact with parents and care givers. Talking about books at this age strengthens their fine and gross motor skills, brain development and understand of words and emotions.
Here are some examples of what your baby can do and tips to help you share the love of books.
- You are the most important person in your baby's world, babies will enjoy sharing books with you
- Babies will learn that this time is set aside for them. They will love the attention when you read, talk, sing and play with them
- This special time strengthens your bond with baby
- Reading books and discussing illustrations teaches baby to talk
- Talking about books instills a love of reading with baby
- Ten quiet minutes a day reading a book establishes a routine. Maybe reading could be used as part of your nap time routine
- This time should be free from screen time, such as television, mobile phones, texting and other distractions
- Enjoy this time. It's the best part of the day!
New born babies to age 3 months can:
- Look at the book you are holding
- Watch your facial expressions and copy them
- Listen to you talk and begin to copy some of them
- Smile, coo, babble, kick legs and wave arms to let you know to keep reading
- Pay attention for a minute or two at a time
- Find a quiet place to cuddle baby and share a book or two
- Notice what baby is looking at and name and point to the pictures in the book
- Turn the pages following your baby's interest and your own
- Get into character, perform the story using facial expressions, hand movements and silly voices
- Copy the sounds your baby makes and the looks on baby's face. This form of responsive 'conversation' lets baby know you care about baby's likes and feelings
For further information about early literacy, please read Coralie's blog Early Literacy
YPRL also provides Bookaroo (an interactive one-off session for parents of newborns to further educate about the importance of reading to babies) and Baby Storytimes for families.
Book suggestions for 0-3 month old babies (these books then can be revisited again with your child at 3-4 years)