Pregnancy can be fraught with uncertainty and second-guessing, especially when you’re expecting your first baby. As the due date nears, future moms and dads may worry about how they’ll connect with their little one when he enters the world. Reading to your unborn baby provides an opportunity to slow down, take a break from all the frenzied preparations, and get in some valuable bonding time that goes well beyond decorating the nursery. As you talk to your unborn baby, you’ll gain a fresh appreciation of the person he’ll soon become.
What to Read?
A great place to start is Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss. An inspirational book for readers of all ages—especially for those about to set off into a new part of their life. Especially fitting for the birth of a new baby, this book lets readers take a deep breath and get ready for the next adventure. The rollicking verse happily tells readers about the great heights they’re sure to soar to, while also being realistic by warning readers to expect some lumps and bumps along the way. And in the end…“will you succeed? Yes! You will Indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)”
What book did you treasure most during your own childhood? Whether it was Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss or Bambi, bringing these timeless classics back into the limelight will be just as fun for you as for baby. When your baby enters the world, the books you shared during pregnancy will take on even more meaning when you read them to your newborn, and what better way to begin than with the wonderful Disney and Dr. Seuss classics you were raised with?
While there are still many unknowns about prenatal development, it’s become evident that bonding—and perhaps even learning—can start well before a baby enters the world. Prenatal reading is a great way to kick-start early literacy skills that will extend into infancy and beyond.