Reading gives your baby a lot of information about the world around him. It introduces him to new concepts and ideas and enhances his thinking skills. He hears about different situations through stories and learns about various words associated with different scenarios.
Hence, reading aloud gives him new learning experiences, and prepares him for the different things to expect in life, in a fun and interesting way.
When you regularly make the effort to read to your newborn, he will slowly realize that reading is important. This will spark an interest in books and set him up on the path to enjoying reading throughout his life.
Reading is in fact, a form of entertainment that is superior to other options. It does not cause any harm to your child and is unlike other activities like television and technology that negatively affect a child’s cognitive capabilities with excessive use, as research from Intractable & Rare Diseases Research stated:
“Some studies suggest that increased screen time in young children is associated to negative health outcomes such as decreased cognitive ability, impaired language development, mood, and autistic-like behavior including hyperactivity, short attention span, and irritability.”
So let's start reading!