10 Unbelievable Benefits Of Reading To Your Toddler

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Books are uniquely portable magic and the benefits of reading books to your child are limitless. Reading to your children serves as a foundation for their learning abilities. Experts say that the first 5 years are fundamentally important as children learn more quickly in the early years than at any other time in life.

Reading out books to your toddlers can familiarise them with the sounds and rhythm of a speech. For every storytime their mind is at work, soaking in the language they hear. Reading to your child at any age boosts their brain development.   

There are endless advantages of reading books to your little one. You can also encourage books to your child well before your child can actually read. Oh! Yes. That is right. Younger children might just play or chew the book or just run around holding the book in hand but to develop an interest in books requires time and patience.


10 Benefits of reading books to your toddler

Do you know why it is important to read to your toddler? Based on what we have just discussed above, here are the top 10 benefits of reading books to toddlers. 

1. Helps develop imagination:

Kids should have a healthy imagination. Reading books to toddlers helps them to visualize the characters or situations in the story. 

Visualizing can lead to exploring and figuring out things and helps with a better understanding of things. 

When you read to your child they go into a unique world of imagination, try to think promptly, and ask questions around it. 

Basically, storytelling or reading books to a baby or a toddler help with cognitive development.


2. Makes them inquisitive about the world, want to know more:

Through stories, a child discovers the world. Reading books to toddlers, help them to think, ask questions, and gives them many experiences. Books are interactive and they demand kids to think.  

Your child can develop a curiosity to know about different cultures, history, rituals, people, etc. as they grow up. Gradually, the kids start to seek books even if they can’t read as they find a new world in it.


3. Develops better communication skills & vocabulary:

Reading books to your child can help with language, vocabulary, and grammar. 

Kids start understanding a variety of words and sentences used in a book when read over time and explained by adults. They develop a clear speech at an early stage. 

So, parents need to read aloud and slow enough so that the kids grasp each sound and word in a sentence and explain it to them later.


4. Improves listening skills:

Early exposure to books builds listening skills. The kids develop an ear to listen to different stories read to them. 

Also, promotes a longer attention span which is a skill the kids acquire to concentrate. 

When you include reading to your kids in your routine, they try to pay more attention and their listening skills improve over time.


5. Helps bonding with parents & creates moments:

Reading books for your child can strengthen your relationship and build a warm and happy association with books. 

In case any of the parents don’t get much time with their child because of the tight schedule or nature of work, then they can try reading books for children. 

Reading for your toddler can make you bond with them. 

The kids feel more loved, cared and given attention when you time some time out to read to them. Reading is the best way to spend time together.


6. Enhance personality:

Children can learn about a lot of human experiences which makes them wise and better human. Books teach us what is wrong and what is right. 

That means it teaches us morals of which helps the kids to take the correct decisions while growing up. 

So, reading moral-based books to your toddler can help them to understand different situations and teaches what should be done which is morally correct. 

Also, reading moral-based books to kids shapes their personality.


7. Help with sleep:

It is believed that reading books really helps to reduce stress levels. 

Reading out bedtime stories can be calming for many children. 

Also, at times when a kid feels restless, the best option to calm them is to read them stories. 

Reading bedtime stories aids in a good night's sleep.


8. They develop a habit of listening to stories:

Books can be the quietest and constant friends for life.

If you regularly read books to your child they will definitely develop an interest in listening to stories and would want you to read for them daily. 

Reading out to kids can instill reading habit for lifelong because they see you reading books on a regular basis therefore, they adopt this from you as a parent.


9. Academic success:

Reading home for your kids can boost their school performance later. 

You can get a lot of different sort of books available in the bookshops/libraries such as board books and cloth books for infants, books for learning the alphabet, no’s colors, fairy tales, musical books, folk tales, moral-based books, activity books, etc. 

A pre-schooler can build a lot of confidence and a positive attitude once he starts the big school because already, he has learned a lot of things at home.

Reading books to your little one can also, develop early literacy.


10. Social and emotional development:

Reading books to children can teach children how to cope with difficult and stressful situations. 

Through stories, children learn about the characters going through varied emotions. Reacting to the stories about emotions and characters interacting with other characters help in the development of social and emotional skill. 

Like if your toddler throws away toys everywhere and shows rage, tell them a story about a child and how well, he always kept his room tidy and treated his toys.


How to read to your toddler?

Here are some points to remember when you start with reading for your toddler.

1. Start young:

During the early years, even if your child doesn’t understand a single word, they happily explore the pictures/ textures and listen to your voice. By this, they develop an understanding of real-word objects and language or speech. Starting early can be a foundation for early literacy.

2. Read out loud and clear to your child:

Make each word sound clear while reading books to children. And if needed repeat a word or sentence and try to explain it in your own words. Also, do not forget to point to the pictures in the book for better understanding.

3. Try to read every day and include it into a routine:

Try to take some time out for a read every day if possible and keep it consistent. Once you include reading in your daily routine the child will quickly develop a habit of listening to stories and would love to read when they grow up.

4. Introduce a variety of books:

To keep them interested in books and give them a variety of learning, you can choose to read the different types of books such as board books, activity books, picture books, sticker books, alphabet and number books, rhyme books, informational books, moral-based books, etc.


5. Have patience:

Not all children show interest in the books initially and they may not even open it or might chew on it or run around with them. So, as a parent, you need to be consistent with your effort. It takes time for some children to develop an interest in books so you need to be patient and consistent.

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