You may have heard that it is good for your baby to be read to, even before he is born. Although you may feel silly reading to your belly, you are providing a benefit to him. In fact, beginning somewhere in the seventh month in utero, your baby is able to receive stimulus from the outside world. He can see, hear, and feel. What better way to introduce yourself than reading a favorite children’s book to him.
When baby hears you read him the same story every day, he is comforted by the familiar pattern in your voice. When he is born and you read the story, he will remember and associate the patterns of your voice to the soothing environment of the womb. This can help calm a fussy baby and give you two some quality bonding time.
So pick up that copy of “Goodnight Moon” or whatever you choose and read to your baby before he is born. Just be sure to keep it up throughout his childhood. Reading to your child will give him and you memories that will last a lifetime.
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