Learning through stories (part 1) - It's never too early to start reading with your baby
Sing rhymes and tell stories to your unborn baby They can hear you from around 18 weeks, and will recognise your voice before they are born.
It's good to start sharing stories, books and rhymes with your child from as early an age as possible Babies don’t need to understand all the words, they will just love to listen to your voice, look at the pictures and hold the books.
Reading books, talking about the pictures and cuddling up close together will help you build a strong and loving relationship with your child Everyone in the family can join in: dads, mums, care givers, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunties and uncles.
Having a baby is tiring and demanding Taking time out every day to enjoy a story, book or rhyme will give you and your child time to escape the everyday, enjoy each other’s company and get to know each other better.
It's important to have books in the home If you really enjoy a library book, try to get hold of a copy to keep. You can also ask family and friends to mark every birthday or special occasion with the gift of a book for your child.