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How to Read to Your Baby

By Rachel Paxton

When my twin boys were born, I was very excited to read to them.

They had received a lot of neat books as gifts, and I was looking

forward to sharing their books with them.

What I wasn't expecting was them not focusing on a book for more

than a second or two so I could read to them! Reading to babies

can be challenging when there are so many things in the world to

explore, but here are some tips that have worked for me.

There are many different types of books available for babies.

Board books and cloth books work best for babies so they can

handle them and drool on them without doing much damage to them.

If your baby isn't interested in one type of book, keep

introducing different books until you find one he is interested

in. One of my sons loves books with pictures of real babies in

them. He loves to look at their smiling faces. For Christmas he

received a board book called "Tom Arma's Paw Print Parade". Tom

Arma (a famous baby photographer) has a new line of baby board

books available at My son has another

board book called "Happy Baby Words" from This book pictures babies getting

dressed, eating, etc. He loves to look at the pictures in that


My other son loves cloth books. Sesame Street has a book called

"Get Dressed with Elmo" that is his favorite. This book is

available at This is an

interactive book where a toddler can zip zippers, fasten buttons,

attach velcro, etc. A baby can't do these activities, of course,

but my son loves to flip the soft pages and play with the items

in the book.

My boys are 10 1/2 months old, and I find that they will look at

books by themselves longer than they will let me read to them. I

make sure to have books in every room of the house that they find

when they are crawling around, and they will stop and look at

them (of course they are finding my books too!). They especially

like looking at books in bed. When they are going to sleep they

will lie in their beds and roll around with their favorite book

in their hands. I've peeked in their room to find one of them

sitting in his bed turning the pages of his favorite Elmo book.

If I were to try to read it to him he would instantly try to

crawl away.

I figure just exposing my boys to books at this age will

influence their desire to want to read, even if they don't feel

like indulging my desire to read to them. I have found one time

they will let me read to them, however...when I plop them in bed!

Right when the tears are about to start I pull out their favorite

book and read it to them in their crib. One son stands holding

on to the edge of his crib (hoping I'll change my mind and pick

him back up) while I read his book to him. I have a captive

audience and they are distracted from their initial reaction to

being put in bed. After I read their stories they generally let

me leave without a fuss!

Happy reading!

(Note to publishers: A baby photo is available at if you would

like to include it with the article.)

About The Author

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of four. For more

inspirational articles and tips for everyday living, visit


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