Bedtime is a wonderful occasion to share and bond with your baby as he grows and matures. Bedtime stories and books provide a baby with a sense of security and routine. While impromptu reading is always encouraged whenever the child initiates it; reading before sleep is a particularly good time as a baby is typically quieter and able to sit for a longer periods. Oftentimes your child will want you to read the same story, over and over, which may seem annoying to you. Consider, not only is this consistency comforting to your child, but the repetition is how learning happens. Realize that children love routines and a reading ritual helps your child feel at ease. For young children, repetition is the spice of learning!
|Sheri Ann Richerson|