WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - It's become a routine within the Oates family. Every day, 7-month-old Austin and his mother Jennifer sit down for story time.
"Austin loves Dr. Seuss books," said Jennifer. "We read a lot of those."
Yet, this isn't a new relationship between Austin and his books. Jennifer said the relationship began before he was even born.
"We were reading from before the beginning," said Jennifer. "My husband Matt likes to read even when I was pregnant and we went through that process too."
Reading to your baby in the womb is something Jennifer said mothers should consider.
She would know all about that. Not only is she a mother, but an assistant professor for human development at Purdue University.
Jennifer said reading to your baby during pregnancy can help build a strong relationship.
"When you read during pregnancy, when the child is born, they recognize the parent's voice that much more," said Jennifer. "So, that kind of bond is started at a really early age."
Once they're born, Jennifer said the benefits of reading get even better. She said reading to children promotes early language skills and vocabulary, as well as literacy skills.
That's something Jennifer said is already apparent with Austin.
"He's a really social baby," said Jennifer. "He loves to interact with people, and I think reading really contributes to that."
If reading to your children at a young age wasn't something on your list of things to do, Jennifer said even if your child can already read, it's not too late.
"Books that children can understand themselves are simpler than the books they can understand when they're being read to," said Jennifer. "You can still be reading to them as well, and they're going to hear more complex language and learn different things from those books."
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