Benefits of reading

According to Nemours, a nonprofit children’s health organization, reading aloud to your baby is a great bonding activity and important form of stimulation. It can offer many benefits including:

  • Teaching baby about communication
  • Introducing concepts such as stories, numbers, letters, colors and shapes in an exciting way
  • Building listening, memory and vocabulary skills
  • Giving babies information about the world around them

Safeguard against strep

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that about a quarter of all women carry the bacteria that cause group B strep infection and could potentially be harmful for your newborn. Women are generally advised to get a group B strep test between weeks 35-37 of pregnancy.

Baby on board

Air travel with your baby can be a smooth experience with enough preparation. To minimize the pressure in your baby’s ears, encourage your baby to suck on a bottle or pacifier during takeoff and landing. The Mayo Clinic reports that ear infections and ear tubes aren’t thought to cause problems during a flight.

Repetition is key

Toddlers like to repeat actions over and over again, which provides the practice they need to master new skills. The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families reports that repetition can also strengthen the connections in the brain that help children learn.

Catching some Zzzs

Rapid eye movement (REM) is a light sleep state when dreams occur and the eyes move rapidly back and forth, according to the Lucile Packard children’s Hospital at Stanford. Babies typically spend 16 hours each day sleeping, but only half of this is in REM sleep.