Emotional Rewards of Reading to Your Baby: 6—12 Months

Baby looking at a book with mom

As your baby goes from being stationary to becoming more mobile and alert, reading aloud offers significant emotional benefits to your child.

  • Baby excited by a bookReading gives your little crawler, cruiser, or walker an excuse to rest and cuddle at different points in the day. This can help your child come to regard reading as a way to self-soothing or get some down-time, which can be extremely helpful as your child approaches those busy toddler years.
  • Books help establish a reading ritual before naptime or bedtime.

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