Reading with babies
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It's never too early to start reading to your baby. Books are a great way to entertain your baby as well as a great way to build closeness with your child in the first months of life.
Why read to my baby?
Holding your baby and sharing a book is a very special time.
- Babies learn that reading is important when you hold them, and show them pictures in a book, and you talk about the pictures.
- Babies enjoy being read to because they like the sound of your voice and they like having you close for some special time together.
- Babies enjoy looking at the pictures and listening to the rhythm of your voice long before they can understand the words.
To find out more
Have a look at these topics on the Raising Children Network The Raising Children website is produced with the help of an extensive network including the Australian Government.
Mem Fox, a writer of children's books and an educator in literacy studies, has many ideas (and fun information) on her own website: www.memfox.net
Look for her 'Mem Fox's Ten Read Aloud Commandments'.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.