INTRODUCING BOOKS TO BABIES- YAY OR NAY???
- Some people thought that I am insane as it does not make any sense to buy and read books to a baby who can’t even roll over.
- A few other thought that I am unnecessarily PRESSURIZING my baby’s young mind. Let me tell you, I did not give her books of JEE preparation (or for any competitive exams).
- Some other tried to make me “understand” that introducing books early would cause more harm than good as the baby will get bored of the books by the time we will get her enrolled for formal education.
But many studies as well as personal experiences of people, who read to their kids, have proved time & again that reading is always enriching. Books can help babies and new parents in more than one ways:
- Reading to your child is a one-on-one activity and helps you bond with the baby. Hearing a voice, that babies are hearing since their first inning in their mother’s womb, soothes and comforts babies.
- Reading helps in enhancing that little budding vocabulary of your baby. Though it seems as if they are not understanding anything at all, they may surprise you any day.
- A kid who is read to is more likely to express his/herself than his/her peers who are not read to. Such kids are more imaginative as well.
- Books can easily be carried in train & flight journeys and may keep the child engaged and entertained for long hours.
- And my favorite reason is that, I need not to guard my bookshelf from a toddler around.
I have hosted kids aged 2-5 years old who tore my books and broke my heart because they had no idea that books can also be precious.