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  1. Ekanem says:

    Thank you for saying that “the perfect routine will be different for all babies and families.” I like the idea of finding a song you like, even if it isn’t a lullaby, taking the words out, and humming or ‘bum’-ing it the same way every night. Who cares what the original words were about, if mom and dad like singing it and baby feels comforted (and sleepy) by having a special thing of her own?

    • @Ekanem You’re welcome and thank you for commenting! Yes, find your own routine and song you like. 🙂

  2. penny says:

    Reading the article I felt it was me writing. I too have a first grader who reads at 4th year level and I am pretty sure it can be attributed to my reading to him every night. He reads to himself and me daily and I still read to him every night, we choose a book that is just a beyond his level of sustaining meaning while reading so that he hears and understands and learns new words and phrases. To Ana’s response , I say, you can be sure your child will benefit from reading. He may chew the book now but he is noticing you flip the pages and read the symbols (as words may seem to him now). He hears your voices and will soon be asking you to read the same book over and over!

  3. ANA says:

    THIS IS A REALLY GOOD I REMMEMBER MY MOM ALLWAYS READ TO US THE BIBLE IN THE MORNING AND IN THE NIGHT FOR OUR BEDTIME ROUTINE AND IN THE AFTERNOON WE GOT TO PICK ANYOTHER BOOK WE WANTED FOR READING USUALLY BEFORE A NAP AND I HAVE TRIED TO ALWAYS IMPLEMENT A READING BEFORE BEDTIME WITH MY 9MONTH OLD BUT SHE ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE MORE INTERESTED IN EATING THE BOOK THAN HEARING THE STORY OR LISTENING TO ME READ, I´VE DONE THIS SINCE SHE WAS 1 MONTH OLD AND SHE SEEMS TO BE MORE INTERESTED IN CHEWING ON THE BOOK THAN LISTENING BUT IM SURE AD SHE GROWS OLDER SHE WILL GET MORE INTO THE STORY THAN THE TASTE, BUT TOTALY AGREE WITH THIS ARTICLE INFACT ALTHOUGH MOST OF THE LITERATURE I HAD READ SAID THAT A BATH WAS PART OF THE BED TIME ROUTINE I COMPLETELY DISAGREE MY BABY GETS EXTREMELY ACTIVE WITH HER BATH AND WILL ONLY WANT TO KEEP PLAYING AFTER, SO NOT ALOT OF BABYS SHOULD HAVE A BATH AS PART OF THE BEDTIME ROUTINE OR WILL BENEFIT FROM IT BUT I PRETTY SURE THAT ALL OF THEM CAN BENEFIT FROM READING AS PART OF THE BEDTIME ROUTINE. GREAT ARTICLE!

    • @Ana That is really normal to chew on the books, but interacting with them is just as great! I used to give one to my son to “read” and I’d read another one. Or, sometimes I knew the words by heart, so he’d play with the book and I’d keep “reading”/talking anyway. As Penny pointed out, just hearing the words and seeing that the symbols on the page actually have meaning makes for babies who are interested in books much earlier. Hearing your toddler ask “What dis say?” is one of the best questions when you realize they actually get it. 🙂 And, great point about the bath. Both my boys get hyper, too, so it’s definitely not meant to be a “soothing” activity for us and never was, even as babies. 🙂 Thank you for commenting!

      @Penny I read your comment to my son and he said “That sounds like me!” It was so cute! Choosing books that you read that are above level is a great idea, too! It’s great when my son asks what a word means. He is expanding his vocabulary and it makes a big difference! Thank you for commenting!

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