When you read to your little one, try to sit in a ‘reading triangle’. Pop baby on your left and the book on your right. This will allow you and your baby to see both the book and each other and makes it easier for you to interact together. You’ll be able to see and talk about what’s on the page and respond to your baby’s facial expressions.
Point to images in the book you’re reading together and talk about them. For example, “Oh, that sky is a gorgeous shade of light blue. That makes me feel really calm.”
If you have an older child, encourage them to read aloud to their baby sibling. This will give you a much deserved break and also boost both your children’s language skills, at the same time!
Try singing to your baby while you feed them. Tell them a story. Playing audiobooks or rhymes in the background work well too.
Having books around the bedroom and house is great exposure for young children and will help them interact with books, as well as understand that books are valuable. You can borrow books for free from your local public library.
If your baby is having trouble sitting still or focusing on a book, that’s absolutely fine. Do something else and come back to it another time.