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Just Read aloud: Babies are looking, listening, and learning right from birth. The truth is they know your voice already and love to hear it.

So all you need is:

  • a well-fed and relaxed baby
  • a book with bright pictures, and
  • your excited self!

What you should note:

  • Use your best singsong voice, switching both your high and low voice
  • Don’t forget to use real words like Wow!
  • Be mindful not to stretch the reading too long. You can stop when you notice the baby’s loving attention.
  • You can leave the baby lying on her back while reading to her, place her on your lap, or give her a soft toy to chew on while you read away.

Mouthing books: On other days, it’s okay if the baby mouths the books instead. They are still very much at the exploring stage, and this is done mostly by tasting, using her mouth, one of the 5 sense organs. You only have to ensure they are wiped clean to avoid the transfer of germs.

Lifting and Turning the Pages: Babies need their finger muscles to be strong for writing when it’s time. Reading sometimes involves allowing the baby to lift and turn the pages of books, maybe while you are reading another. This affords your child the opportunity to exercise those little muscles.

Patting on the pages and babbling: It is okay when they simply pat on the open pages and babble away. That is the first step to picture reading, which is also a show of creativity.


You should read more to your 1-year-old. He is more receptive and becoming more aware of books. You will even find him randomly opening a book and pretend to be reading.

  • When you read to your 1-year-old and find certain words like names of objects, animals, feelings, places, intentionally repeat those words to the child, use them in short sentences, questions, and songs.
  • You can also draw their attention to the words again when seen randomly by repeatedly saying it to the child. That way, they build their vocabulary one word at a time.

You can extend this by playfully stressing the different sounds in his favorite words. Though he may not have mastery of all the letter sounds yet, this will provide background knowledge and would aid his learning of the sounds eventually.

  • Your 1-year-old is beginning to build his vocabulary. Respond to his baby talk with proper adult words, not baby talk.
  • Use the exact words for things. Mention the name of a person to him, tell him the place you are going, use the exact names of objects he sees around him. This will help to speed up his word bank pretty fast.

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