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The Benefits of Reading to Your Newborn

Think your baby is too young to reap the rewards of reading? Think again. Research shows it's never too early to start enjoying books with your little one. So get ready to break out your copy of Goodnight, Moon and enjoy this ritual with your newest addition.
Reading to baby It's bonding time

"Reading a book to your newborn is a one-on-one activity that you can really turn into a special time with your baby," says Mary Ann Abrams, MD, Reach Out and Read's Medical Director (reachoutandread.org). "It exposes the baby to the sound of your voice, which is soothing for him." In fact, a recent study in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics found that reading to babies in the NICU can help parents develop the same feelings of intimacy that parents of healthy newborns cultivate in the days and weeks after a baby's birth.