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Read a Good Book

Posted by: Andrew on September 30, 2011 | 3 Comments

Did you know that reading books to babies has been shown to increase their cognitive development, while at the same time laying the foundation for early literacy skills and reading appreciation.  That’s important stuff.  What if I also told you that reading books to your little one at bedtime can help them relax and fall asleep better?  That’s also true.

Ask any Grandma, and they’ll tell you that reading to young babies is a great way to get them to fall asleep.  What’s interesting is that the baby doesn’t even need to understand the words or even be able to see the pictures clearly for this to work.  It seems as if the soothing rhythm of a familiar voice reading words - any words - does the trick and helps babies become sleepy.

So, it doesn’t matter if you read “Goodnight Moon” or “Curious George” - the point is to read to your baby at bedtime for the start of a great soothing ritual that is sure to benefit both of you!

Andrew Dolbin-MacNab

About the Author:

Andrew Dolbin-MacNab is a father, web developer, and one of the founding members of Pediasleep, a leader in the production of white noise and other soothing sounds to aid the healthy sleep of infants, cosleepers, and parents. Having successfully survived his daughter and son's early sleep problems with the help of white noise, he is also an expert on infant sleep problems and their solutions.

Pediasleep can be found online at


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I was just at my older daughter’s back to school night, and the teachers were talking about how reading books to young babies, from a very early age helps develop early literacy when they are in school learning to read.  So, in addition to helping them sleep, if you do this, you’ll also be teaching them to read!  How cool!


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I am a reading specialist and this is totally true.  Kids who have been read to from an early age are usually better readers than those who are not.


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Yes, reading to babies is such an important thing.  There are so many benefits that everyone should try to read to their kids each and every day.

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