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“Children are made readers in the laps of their parents” – Emilie Buchwald

Pregnancy is a period when you are responsible for a new life rapidly developing within you!  It is not just about carrying a life but also being responsible for its welfare in the womb and in the outside world.  Whatever you do during pregnancy directly affects the wellbeing of your baby!

Pregnancy advice guides you to shed unhealthy habits and adopt new changes that are beneficial for your baby, with sound logical reasons behind them.  Producing a smart baby into this world will help her struggle and stand on her own feet, face her challenges in the most effective manner and thrive successfully in this world.

Here are some tips to make your child grow up smart;

Start from Pregnancy

Dr Lana Asprey, co-author of the “Better Baby Book” states “Genes do have a significant influence in deciding a kid’s insight, however right way of life during pregnancy guarantees that these qualities are well-customized in the womb.”  A well-groomed foetus will become a smart person.  Science too shows that reading to your baby while in the womb helps develop early language development with increased word recognition, create a positive bond with your child, provide an amusing wind-down before bedtime and stimulate an early interest in learning that carries over their lifetime.

Read to Your New-Born Baby

Many people think that a new-born baby is too young for many things.  And reading to a baby is one of them!

However, “Reading a book to your new-born is a one-on-one action that you can truly transform into a unique time with your infant,” declares Mary Ann Abrams, Medical Director – Reach Out and Read.  Reading to your baby exposes her to the sound of your voice and soothes her.  Reading bedtime stories from Baby books to your baby can eventually become a ritual and serve as the bonding time between you and your baby.

As she grows older, she will slowly start to catch up the beat, tones and modulations of your voice speaks Kenneth Wible, MD, of Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri.  Your baby will be better prepared to start reading on her own if she is exposed to a wide child vocabulary in her younger days.  Studies have shown that there is a direct link between how many words a baby hears each day and her language skills.

Read with Your Toddlers

Reading with your toddler can become a fun experience for her in learning letters, phonics, letter blends and sight words.  By introducing books to your toddler and reading with her you are getting her to familiarize with sounds, words, language, print and eventually the value and joy of reading books.  Reading also fine-tunes their brain and let their imagination run wild in a healthy way.

Your toddler will especially enjoy the following types of books;

  • stories about animals and their families and/or friends
  • favourite topics such as vehicles, fairies, pets, castles, ocean, princes & princesses
  • lift-the-flap and pop-up books

Recommended Books to Read to Your Toddlers;

  • Crocodile beat by Gail Jorgensen and Patricia Mullins
  • Rumble in the jungle pop-up book by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz
  • Time for bed by Mem Fox
  • The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • The wheels on the bus by Penny Dann
  • Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  • The Hairy Maclary collection by Lynley Dodd

 

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