Creating a strong foundation during a child’s formative years is crucial to future success. Reading is a habit every child must possess to make a mark during a lifetime. Getting familiar with reading literature helps a child’s brain assimilate basic concepts at a faster pace. Reading baby books at the prenatal stage can have a multitude of positive impacts. Without a doubt, it calms body tension because it requires concentration and focus. However, the most important thing is that it improves the bond between the mother and the baby; it disperses body tension and often results in a more intelligent baby.
Exposing children to reading at a young age can also benefit other family members. Reading a baby book can stabilize a mother’s emotional state. According to the National Institutes of Health, maternal emotions have a large effect on fetal development and prenatal enrichment such as talking, singing, and reading.
A common misconception mothers have is thinking the only benefits of reading to your unborn children are bonding and relaxation. However, it has been scientifically proven that reading to an unborn child helps develop quick language learning. Below are some beneficials of reading baby books during the prenatal stage:
Reduce Anxiety and Maternal Stress
Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics said that prenatal anxiety and stress can cause certain specific illnesses and antibiotics intake after birth. This suggests that pregnant women should rest a lot and focus on activities that stimulate peace of mind. Reading aloud has been certified as an ideal method for the developing fetus, relaxing the mother and child.
It is a means of Bonding Behavior Practice
Reading aloud to a baby in the utero helps mothers relate to their child directly. It facilities connection and keeps the mother in a positive state of mind during pregnancy. While women experience the feeling of bonding during pregnancy, reading to an unborn child creates a precious image of what the baby will look like after birth. The reality is that reading is a means of bonding between the mother and the unborn child.
Improving the Unborn Child’s IQ
At the University of Oregon, a study discovered that when pregnant women recited and recorded playful words towards the end of their pregnancy, their baby could recognize the words and their variation after birth. This was confirmed through the babies’ neural signals displayed by the babies that listened to the recording. It demonstrates a knowledge and understanding of pitch and changes in vowels among the fake words. The results of this study suggest that utero is the first place for language learning. And the first step towards teaching your unborn child is reading during the prenatal period.
Books to Read during Prenatal
Guess How Much I Love You by Anita Jeram and Sam McBratney
Safe and Sound by Jean Roussen
I will always love you by Caroline Pedler
The Belly Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthalis
I’ll always love you by Paeony Lewis
What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Neil Karp
Love You Forever by Robert Munch
The Pregnancy Countdown Book by Susan Magee, Kara Nakisbendi M.D.
Primal Moms Look Good Naked by Peggy Emch
The purpose of reading baby books during the prenatal period is to create a healthy future for you and your child. As an expectant mother, I advise taking reading extremely seriously, as both a relaxing experience and an educational one. While taking precautions and doing prenatals regularly, a mother must have peace of mind and calm nerves to ease pregnancy tension. Reading is the viable solution.