Due date nearly here? Stock up on bedtime story books so you can start reading to your newborn as soon as he arrives – it may boost his vocabulary
Reading to your baby as soon as he’s born could help boost his academic success later in life, experts say.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced the news in a policy statement, saying that reading to your child, even when he’s a baby, could help build his vocabulary and communication skills – leading to more success in school.
‘You’re not teaching a two-month-old how to read,’ says Dr Danette Glassy, paediatrician who co-chairs the AAP’s Council on Early Childhood. ‘Sitting down with them makes your baby smart and wise.
‘Even the most affluent family can be distracted from interacting with their baby. They can entertain their babies with all kinds of gadgets and gizmos that interfere with their development.’
A bedtime story is a great way to help relax your baby before bed and can be included into his bedtime routine.
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