Monday, August 7, 2017

Read to Me, Mommy (Part 1: For Babies in Utero)

When I was pregnant, my husband I made it a ritual to read to our baby in utero every morning and every night. Not for her to start building her vocabulary but more for her to recognise our voices and be stimulated by the stories. It was our way of bonding with her, even while in the womb. We found that she would occasionally respond to our voices by kicking, which really excited us. 

And when she was born, even as a newborn, we would read her different books to continue that bonding experience. We found that reading to her would soothe her. And as she grew older she also developed a liking for books and being read to. 

There are one gazillion really fun and interesting books that I would like to recommend, but I will probably finish writing this post next year if I do so. So here are our top picks for babies in utero: 

1. Oh, Baby, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss 

This is actually the perfect book to read for babies in utero because it is all about mommy preparing for the arrival of baby. It talks about how the baby gets a ticket at the front seat when he arrives into the world and shows him all the places the baby will go while meeting the wonderful characters of Dr. Seuss’s universe. I love how upbeat the rhymes are and how colorful the art is, in fact, I continued to read it to our baby girl when she was born.

2. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

The story follows a little bunny named Little Nutbrown Hare and his father, Big Nutbrown Hare. Together they compare how big, how high, and how much they love each other. I teared the first time I read this book because of the unconditional love that encompasses a parent and a child. Definitely one of our favorites!

3. The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss

He’s very mischievous and destructive, that cat in the hat. Two kids, plus the cat, play lots of wild games when their mother is not around. Dr. Seuss builds an exciting story with bold, solid colors and upbeat rhymes in this classic. Even as a newborn, we read this to our baby girl. In spite of it being a long book for a newborn baby, she seemed enchanted by the rhymes would listen to me while I read it to her all the way to the end.

4. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be” is a line I’ve heard many times while growing up. Those are the very lines a mother told his son over and over at different stages of his life. Another tear jerker at the height of my hormone ridden pregnancy, I couldn’t get enough of this book as it brought back memories of my relationship with my mom, while I look forward to my relationship with my daughter.

5. I’ll Know You Anywhere, My Love by Nancy Tillman
I love the art of this book! And while it is quite long, it makes for a wonderful read to a baby you haven’t physically seen yet. This book is all about things a child has that only his father or mother will know. So if, one day, he decides to be something different, a parent will always know who he his because of his unique qualities that make him their child.

The truth, any book is a great book to read. I love to read and starting from the womb was my way of introducing the love for reading early. I found that it also relaxed me as well as gave me a way to bond with my baby.

 Stay tuned for my next set of book recommendations (for newborn babies).

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