When should I start reading to my baby?

Babies recognise their mother’s voice in the womb, so you could start reading to her when you are pregnant.

When your baby is born she won’t understand your words, but hearing your voice stimulates an interest in sounds and will help him develop listening skills.

Reading to your baby helps build vocabulary, stimulates imagination, and improves communication skills. The more you speak to your child from the start, the better it is for her growth and development.

It will also introduce your baby to the idea of stories, numbers, letters, colours, and shapes, and gives her information about the world around her. Building memory and vocabulary skills at the same time. By the time she’s a year old, your baby has already learned all the sounds she needs to speak her native language. The more words she hears, the better she’ll be able to talk.

What should I read to my baby?

Your baby may be fascinated by pictures with bright colours and different textures so get plenty of board books and picture books.She will pick up on the rhythm of language as he hears you speak. Repetition is good because it helps your baby build language skills and she will love listening to your voice.

The most important thing is that your baby is making a connection between the things he loves the most you and books. This shows him that reading is enjoyable and important.