World Book Day – Reading begins in the Womb – Part 2
“World Book Day is the biggest celebration of its kind designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading” from worldbookday.com
World Book Day is designed to encourage reading from children as young as pre-school. However, the love of reading should begin earlier and the foundation for that love and the skills needed to read actually begins in the womb!
For this World Book Day I want everyone to join my campaign to introduce reading where it actually begins – in the womb, and here’s how to do it…..
Part 1 – covered how to introduce ‘reading’ to your baby in the womb. Here we introduce reading to your baby in the first 6 weeks.
Baby’s first weeks – Bedtime!
Your baby is here and that means you actually get to read to your baby but for now we are just going to stick to the bedtime routine as this is a very important part of their wellbeing. Learning the difference between day and night does not come naturally to your baby as it’s been quite dark in their world until now with only hues of colour such as a warm peachy glow – which is one reason why I advocate using Himalayan salt lamps where your baby sleeps but that is a whole other blog! Hopefully, if you have followed our ‘Routine in the Womb’ campaign you will have been reading to your baby every night as part of your own relaxation routine to nurture their post-natal routine. The reason we start with the bedtime story and keep only to this one for the first 6 weeks is to encourage your baby to recognize that this is the start of ‘night time’ and eventually sleeping through the night. Following the same routine as you have been doing when pregnant will reinforce what your baby has been experiencing until now and nurture them in to a day and night routine.
Your bedtime story will be different to reading during the day.
- Set the right ‘bedtime’ environment; after bath time when they are warm and settled, dim the lights, use a reading light or your salt lamp
- Quieten your voice and be expressive but not excitable (the aim is to be familiar, comforting and encourage sweet dreams).
- Repetition is key and at the same time of time as this is how habits form and a routine is just a habit after all.