Every parent want the absolute best for their children from the start. As a parent, you are your baby’s first teacher, and they’re never too young to benefit from reading.

Research shows that there are many benefits when a parent reads to their baby in the early stages of their life. Since 90% of adult brain development occurs within the first few years, this is the perfect opportunity to grab a few books and start reading to your baby.

Luckily for you moms and dads, you don’t have to spend a ton of time every day reading to your baby. Start by reading for 20 minutes each day to expose your baby to new language and vocabulary.

Check out some of the benefits of reading to your baby:

  • Bonding Time: Bonding with your baby early on is very important for a healthy life-long relationship. Reading to your baby is perfect because it sets aside a special time to start building closeness. It is also said that your baby is soothed by the sound of your voice, so if your little one is being difficult, try grabbing a book!
  • Exposes Them to Visuals: Reading picture books to your child is an amazing way to expose him/her to a variety of shapes, colors, letters, etc. This is extremely beneficial to your baby not only because they are learning new shapes and patterns, but they will also recognize these shapes, patterns and letters later on, making it easier for them to improve on their literacy skills.
  • Boosts Brain Power: Many studies have shown that babies who are read to at an early age have a larger vocabulary and more fluent language skills. The more words they hear from their parents on a daily basis, the more likely it is that they will have better literacy skills than other children at their age whose parents are less verbal. It is also said that their mathematical skills are improved from exposure to books at an early age.
  • Opens the Door to Emotion: When you’re reading to your child, the tone you use is just as important as the actual words you say. Whether you are representing a character in a silly voice or making the duck go quack, you are teaching your baby about feelings and emotion through all the different sounds you make and at the volume you make them.
  • Instills the Love of Books: Reading to your baby shows them at an early age that reading is fun! This makes it more likely that they will continue this hobby through schooling and even through adulthood.