Tips for reading with babies & toddlers
Find a comfy place to read and snuggle up
This will help your child feel safe and secure.
If you can, turn off all screens while you are reading
Creating an environment with fewer distractions makes it easier for you both to have a fun time reading!
Encourage them to take part in the reading process
Let your child help you turn the page! Ask them questions about the pictures and talk through the story as you read it.
Choose books that your child will like
Baby and toddler friendly books usually have bright colors and bold words, and are often made of durable cardboard, soft material, or soft plastic so they can withstand a baby playing with them. Ask your child to pick out the book that you will read to them, This will get them more excited about reading time!
Develop a daily reading routine
For example, always read before snack time or before your child takes a nap. Routines help young children feel secure because they are able to predict what will happen next.
If your child is not having fun, put the book down
Reading should be fun! If your child is not in the mood for reading, do not be afraid to put the book down and try again later.
Most importantly, have fun!
There is no wrong way to read a book to your child! And have realistic expectations based on your child's age – your toddler's way of "listening" might be climbing all over you while you read!