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Child Psychology and Behaviour

Book reading

Tejal Singh
0 to 1 years

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Updated on May 25, 2016

Hi, my baby is 7m old. I have read that from 6m of age we can do book reading to babies. But how? How to make 7 baby focused on stories or book reading? Does book reading and story telling real helps?

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Tejal Singh

| May 28, 2016

Thank you @himani for your input and @carol wonderful suggestions, thanks dear

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Haritima Pandey

| May 26, 2016

@carol.. Nice advice carol.. Thnks.. Bcz I also didn't knw abt this.. :)

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Carol

| May 26, 2016

Hi Tejal, It's absolutely true that early reading helps the child to get hooked on books. Of course the attention span of babies is too small may be a minute. Or even less than that. But showing books with big pictures in bright colours , less or no words and talking about it helps the child to develop his/ her language skills at that young age. Starting to read to your child very early is the best way to introduce the child to books. They become natural reader when they grow up. I started to read to my son when he started to set his eyes on things and started to see and observe things I. e around 3 or 4 months old. Now he is 10 and a voracious reader. Picks up anything and everything that has prints, to read. When you buy books, avoid paper books. Go for board books, textured books, cloth books, some are even made of plastic sheet and stuffed with fibrefill to make them waterproof. Keep showing the pictures and talk with different voice modulation. It's not necessary to read the words given in the book. Talk about the picture, the color, it's characteristics anything about the picture. Talk slowly but with a lot of expressions in your face and tone to keep the attention. We think children as small as 10 months won't understand anything. But they are able to understand and follow the story. They will be able to reply to your questions by pointing at the pictures or through expressions. "How did the bear cry when he got lost" " where is bear's mommy" how did the lion roar? Keep asking questions in between. Keep it interactive. Your child will start to focus more and more and will bring the same book to read everyday as they love repetitions. So keep trying..

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Himani Dhawan

| May 26, 2016

I tried to read book for my soon to be 10 mths girl. And I ended up with book teared apart and book was not finding way out from my girls mouth. I dont think babies cn focus on book so early.

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