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Reading with babies

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It's never too early to start reading to your baby. Books are a great way to entertain your baby as well as a great way to build closeness with your child in the first months of life.

Why read to my baby?

Holding your baby and sharing a book is a very special time.

  • Babies learn that reading is important when you hold them, and show them pictures in a book, and you talk about the pictures.
  • Babies enjoy being read to because they like the sound of your voice and they like having you close for some special time together.
  • Babies enjoy looking at the pictures and listening to the rhythm of your voice long before they can understand the words.

To find out more

Have a look at these topics on the Raising Children Network The Raising Children website is produced with the help of an extensive network including the Australian Government.

Pregnancy, birth and baby Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is a national Australian Government service providing support and information for expecting parents and parents of children, from birth to 5 years of age.

Mem Fox, a writer of children's books and an educator in literacy studies, has many ideas (and fun information) on her own website: www.memfox.net
Look for her 'Mem Fox's Ten Read Aloud Commandments'.

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

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