How can I get my baby interested in books?

The easiest way to get babies excited about books is to make reading a consistent and fun part of your day. Some parents find reading is a relaxing activity that helps babies wind down at nap time and bedtime. Whenever you read, cuddle your baby close and let your baby explore the book (sturdy board books are better for babies who want to pull, drop or chew on books). Don't worry if your baby doesn't seem to be paying attention to the story. If the baby fusses, put down the book and try another activity, have a snack or get ready for a nap. Just keep at it, and you will find that your baby's attention span grows longer and he or she will look forward to this time together.

Candace Lindemann

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