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Babies to one year old

Parenting and literacy

Your baby loves to be held and talked to in a gentle voice. Watch how your baby responds. She will let you know how she feels with her body and her face. You can introduce your baby to stories, reading and books right away. Since your baby loves the sound of your voice, it is a good time to tell stories and sing songs to her. It is not important that you sing well but it is important that you sing.

Babies learn through all their senses: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. Grasping and chewing are important ways for your child to learn about the world around her.

Repeat, repeat, repeat an activity with your child because this is how she learns.

Any time is a good time to talk or sing with your baby: bath time, changing her diapers, feeding her, or when she wakes in the middle of the night. Singing to your baby is calming for baby and for you.

Don’t play with babies all the time. They need to have time to themselves. Quiet cuddle time is good at bedtime.

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Books for babies:

Stories from your own life and experience

Rhymes and songs

Zoe’s Snowy Day by Barbara Reid

Round and Round the Garden by Sarah Williams

White on Black by Tana Hoban

Happy Moose, Grumpy Goose by John Clementson

Touch and Feel books or any vinyl, cloth or board book

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