BABY AND BOOK: HELP THE BABY TO LOVE IT
The “magical” world of books helps us to see and learn, through their pages, the world better and everything that takes place all around us. It helps us to dream and develop our imagination. For all these reasons we should lead our baby into this magical world of books.
It's essential to start building our baby's library before their arrival and read them short stories from a young age. Though they may not comprehend the words at first, they'll get accustomed to the idea of reading and look forward to it as they grow older. Ensure that the books are visible and accessible to the baby, creating a dedicated book corner in their room.
During the first few months of the baby's life, opt for plastic or material books that can withstand wear and tear. Old children's books or second-hand books from friends and family are also great options for the baby to browse through without concern about them getting ruined. Use playtime to go through the books together and ask them to find specific items in the book's pages to pique their interest.
While some babies tend to tear apart books before reading them, we can use old books or adopt clever strategies to curb this behavior. For instance, keep only a few old books in the bookcase and give them to the baby one at a time. You can also create a "sad book" by collecting all the torn book pieces and attaching them to a notebook like a puzzle, explaining to the baby why it's called so.
When selecting books for the baby, always choose books with clear, vivid pictures that capture their attention and stimulate their curiosity. Remember, a book makes the perfect gift for a baby, and it's never too early to start building their library.