Francis Bacon said "Reading maketh a man"… But it is not just adults who benefit by reading. Reading to your infants and toddlers will definitely bring a lot of advantages.
Here are a few advantages of reading to your infants/toddlers:
1)Reading brings him closer to you : This is undoubtedly the most important vantage of reading to your babies. Reading a book aloud familiarises the baby to your voice and at this particular stage what he craves the most is closeness and a feeling of warmth from his parents. You can cuddle your baby while reading,this will make him feel protected and safe.
2)Reading provides stimulation : Reading provides stimulation to your baby and stimulation helps in the development of brain in the child. Brain is the most important organ of the body and its development will facilitate the overall development of your child when he grows up.
3)Helps in developing the habit of reading : They have been in the company of books ever since they can remember. Thus, it becomes difficult for them to not read even when they grow up. Studies prove that babies who were read to is more likely to become a voracious reader as compared to those who were not read to by their parents.
4) Improves his vocabulary : The first three years of your child’s life are significant in the development of his language. Thus reading to him at a very young stage will ensure that he is familiarised with a lot of words. Mastering a lot of words at a young age will enable him to communicate effectively in his later years.
5) Improves concentration : Reading to your babies will improve his concentration span. At first they will be hardly interested and will listen to you only for half a minute or so.They will be more interested in grabbing the book and putting it in their mouth. But as months pass by,you will notice that his attention span is growing rapidly.
6) Nurtures imagination : Reading story books help to foster his imagination and imagination helps him greatly in his later years. Imagination is a key ingredient in achieving success in various fields of life.
7)Develops his listening skills: Reading aloud to your child not only makes him a confident speaker but also a good listener as well. Babies who bonded with the books were more attentive in class during their later years and had a greater grasping power.
So if you have not yet started reading to your child, start it right now because they are totally worth it!!