Want to encourage rapid language development? Read to your toddler! Start out with one book and expand his selection every month for variety. Some good selections to start with include:
Another good choice for your toddler is any Dr. Seuss board book. Be sure to get the board books, because they hold up better and they are often shorter and more to the point than books with regular paper pages.
Make book time a regular nightly event at your home, perhaps after bath time. As he grows, he will really look forward to this and you will find that it is a great time for bonding. As he grows, he will start to bring you books to read, and will have a strong preference for his favorites.
Another good tool in teaching your child about reading and books is the Leapfrog Little Touch Leap Pad. You can use this in babies as young as 6 months up to preschool age. It has three levels of interaction and pages that don’t tear. It is a great way for your baby to interact with your reading.
Another good way to encourage interaction during story times is to buy touchable books and pop up books. This allows your older baby and toddler to get more involved.
Don’t wait! Start reading to your baby today, to build strong reading habits tomorrow.