Always Time for a Good Book
Even very active babies enjoy some down time by sitting in Mommy's or Daddy's lap and reading a good book. Their way of reading may include turning the pages, pointing to objects, lifting flaps, sticking little fingers through holes, and perhaps occasionally munching on the corner of the book.
Just because your baby's interaction with reading the book may last only seconds, doesn't mean she isn't benefiting from the experience. (Numerous studies tout how reading with babies even just a little boosts their brain power.) But a few seconds are about the length of her attention span right now: Continue reading to her and you may discover that as she gets older she'll sit for longer periods.
She is probably developing favorite books written about things that interest her, and you are probably reading the same books over and over. When she points to a word or stops at a page, say the words slowly. She will probably not repeat these words but that doesn't mean they are not being absorbed. (Around this age, she may even be able to look at the correct picture when an image is named.) With the consistent experiences of reading books with loving parents and childcare providers, reading will help her cognitive skills, including language acquisition, and she'll regard reading in itself as a pleasurable pastime.
More Development Help
As you're considering your child's development, keep in mind that all babies are unique. Whether your baby reaches milestones early or late, she has her own developmental path to follow. The dividing lines between these months are very fuzzy. If you have any concerns or questions about your baby's development, please check with her healthcare provider.
- Use our Development Tracker to check off Baby's 8 to 12 month milestones.
- What's the most common medical concern for babies this age? Check it out!
Now...Let's Take a Closer Look at Each Week
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- Week 45: Realizing Shapes Have Meanings
- Week 46: Combining Categorizing and Imitating
- Week 47: Moving with Skill