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How to Read to Your Baby
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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!

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About The Author

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

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