Early Literacy

Reading, talking, and singing with baby after birth helps brain development


  • Baby begins learning immediately after birth.
  • Creates patterns.

Quickly after birth, babies start learning. This learning comes from seeing, hearing, touching, and feeling. When your baby is too young to understand or have the attention span to read with you, it is still important to make the time to talk, read, sing, and play with your baby. Your voice is your baby’s favorite sound; it is both comforting and familiar. When you speak, they are learning what sounds go together easily, which is the beginning of learning language. It is important to remember how big of a part you are playing in building your baby’s brain; 80% of the brain is created in the first five years of life.

To find more information, check out:

Reach Out & Read. (2014). Milestones of Early Literacy Development. Reach Out & Read. Retrieved from Milestones of Early Literacy Development

Vroom. (2016). Our Vroom Activities. Vroom. Retrieved from Vroom Activities

This and other exclusive tips from the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics are shared via Bloomz, the app connecting parents and educators everywhere. Want to get them on your phone? Invite your child’s teacher, coach or care provider to sign up for a free Bloomz account.

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