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New guidelines from pediatricians: Read to your babies

 ·  Amy Joyce, The Washington Post   ·   Link to Article

You know those well baby visits where your child is weighed, perhaps given a shot or two? Well now, pediatricians will advise you to read to your newborn infant under new guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“Reading to children and with children is a very joyous event and a way of fostering a relationship, as well as [helping] language development,” said Pamela High, a pediatrician and lead author of the policy statement. “And we don’t have to wait until we’re getting them ready for school. We can make it part of regular routine.”

Research shows much development of the brain occurs in the first three years of a child’s life — and one of the best ways to build a strong base for language and cognitive development is to read and talk to your babies. However, by age 4, children in poverty hear 30 million fewer words than their wealthier peers. National data has shown that fewer than half of children under the age of 5 are read to daily by a parent.

Read more at The Washington Post.