Reading to A Baby in the NICU

For parents with a baby in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), reading aloud is not something that comes immediately to mind. And that’s not surprising. NICU parents say that the experience of having a baby who was born early and sometimes very unwell can be overwhelming. As well as the shock of their baby’s early arrival and/or illness …

How to Choose Books for Babies

Do you find it hard to choose good books for babies? Not too long ago, a new friend asked me how I choose the books I include in my book gift baskets for babies and I really had to think about it. When I’m looking through a book, it doesn’t take me long to decide whether I think it’s a good book for a baby but I realised …

Why Reading to Babies Really Matters

Reading to babies is great fun and we know it’s important for their development. But why exactly does it matter and when should we begin reading aloud? The short answer is that reading aloud helps build our babies’ brains and promotes bonding so it’s best to begin at birth. The slightly longer answer, courtesy of recent developments in neuroscience, is …