My children are 11 and 9, and I can still recite “Good Night Moon” and “Guess How Much I Love You.” Very handy when you’re travelling and forget your toddler’s favorite books, or hopefully you’ve worn out that board book by turning the pages so often.
Reading to your child is such an invaluable experience. Besides the sweet cuddle time, this is the time when a child’s vocabulary blossoms. They might understand more than they can say, but rest assured your little sponge is soaking it all up.
Experts tell us that reading to a toddler sets the foundation for mastering their ABCs, developing phonemic awareness (meaning she’s starting to understand that words are made up of groups of sounds), and learning that those marks on a page represent letters and words (and things and concepts). It never hurts to point to an object or word as you’re reading it (pre-sight words, anyone?).
Your toddler is also learning voice inflections when you read out loud to them. They’re practicing fine motor skills when they get to turn a page. And hopefully, they’ll develop a love that will last a lifetime.
TIP: It’s never too early to protect your child’s skin. Starting at about 6 months, you can use a child-friendly sunscreen on your little one. If their skin isn’t covered with light clothing, make sure it’s covered with a layer of sunscreen!