Tune in to your baby
Last month Tracy blogged about her husband reading stories to her bump. This month it’s wonderful for us at Bookbug to be able to share the news that she and her husband are enjoying reading stories and singing songs to their new little baby boy!
Becoming a parent is a different journey for everyone, but for many it’s a steep learning curve.
How to prepare for your baby
Knowing what to expect helps. Knowing, as Tracy and her husband do, that books matter and that cuddles and stories go together, means you can pick up that Bookbug book with excitement and anticipation as you first start to read to your baby.
Health visitors, librarians and early years workers across Scotland support new mums and dads to make these discoveries with their babies. They encourage new parents to make books, songs and rhymes part of their everyday life as they gift Bookbug packs and take books and songs into babies’ homes.
For many new parents reading to their newborn might feel as strange as changing a first nappy, and they might need a bit of support.
For many new parents reading to their newborn might feel as strange as changing a first nappy, and they might need a bit of support, but in time books become part of the everyday routine.
Watch the advice come to life
And there’s excitement to be had. Your health visitor might tell you that as mum and dad your voices matter most, but you might not believe it until you see your new baby turn their head to seek out your eyes and mouth while you read to them.
I remember the astounding moment of sticking out my tongue to my new daughter and watching as she copied and stuck out her tongue back, just as I’d read and seen in the short film The Social Baby back in the 90s.
Seeing is believing. No matter what you’ve been told, what makes the difference is doing it yourself. There are the theories and the advice, and then there is that special unique baby or young child in front of you.
Your voice really is the best and your baby really does want to talk to you.
So, like Tracy and her husband, pick up that book, sing that song, tune in to your baby and enjoy watching them tune in to you!
Sarah Burton is delighted to be Tracy’s maternity cover in the Early Years team. Believe what you see by viewing our films of new mums and dads reading to their babies.