BabyBug Magazine.

I started reading to my daughter when she was 1 week old. I guess she didn’t understand anything but it definitely made her love the books. I guess her favorite activity is Reading Books. She can do it all day long.

It’s  very important to read to your kids from the early age.

Why Read to My Baby?

You may wonder about the benefits of reading to your baby. An infant won’t understand everything you’re doing or why. But you wouldn’t wait until your child could understand what you were saying before you started speaking to him or her, right? Nor would you bypass lullabies until your baby could carry a tune or wait until he or she could shake a rattle before you offered any toys.

Reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful shared activity you can continue for years to come — and it’s an important form of stimulation.

Reading aloud:

  • teaches a baby about communication
  • introduces concepts such as numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way
  • builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills
  • gives babies information about the world around them

Believe it or not, by the time babies reach their first birthday they will have learned all the sounds needed to speak their native language. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your child will be exposed to and the better he or she will be able to talk.

Hearing words helps to build a rich network of words in a baby’s brain. Kids whose parents frequently talk/read to them know more words by age 2 than children who have not been read to. And kids who are read to during their early years are more likely to learn to read at the right time.

When you read, your child hears you using many different emotions and expressive sounds, which fosters social and emotional development. Reading also invites your baby to look, point, touch, and answer questions — all of which promote social development and thinking skills. And your baby improves language skills by imitating sounds, recognizing pictures, and learning words.

But perhaps the most important reason to read aloud is that it makes a connection between the things your baby loves the most — your voice and closeness to you — and books. Spending time reading to your baby shows that reading is a skill worth learning. And, if infants and children are read to often with joy, excitement, and closeness, they begin to associate books with happiness — and budding readers are created.

We have a lot of books at home, but we also go to the library every week, and I let my daughter to pick the books that she likes.

When she wasn’t even 1, we found the amazing magazine for babies: Babybug.

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BABYBUG is for babies who love to be read to and for the adults who love to read to them.

Full of the highest-quality content available from the world’s best children’s writers and artists, Babybug has delighted little ones since 1994. The joyful, brightly-illustrated stories and poems are perfect for parents and grandparents to read aloud, while the extra-heavy pages, non-toxic ink, rounded corners, and staple-free binding make BABYBUG safe for little ones to explore on their own.

The different stories and poems in the magazine make it interesting and challenging for the little ones, because they always want to hear and learn something new.

Every issue has the different theme:

1. Bathtime.

2. Winter Holidays.

3. Gardening.

4. Fall.

5. Farm animals.

Every magazine starts with the story about the everyday life of the little boy Kim and his stuffed bunny Carrots.  After that you have 3-4 little rhymes and stories with the pretty colorful illustrations. At the end you have the section “Let’s explore” which let the little ones learn more about the world.  A “Guide for Caregivers” on the last page offers read-aloud tips and child development insights to help you get the most out of each issue.

The magazine is 33.95$ for a year, but you can always find the different promotions on line, and save almost 50% off for subsciption.

We personally borrow it at the library. Although my daughter is almost three,  she still loves BABYBUG.  There is something special about this magazine, because little kids just adore it.

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Brain Rules For Baby:How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from 0 to 5.

41voM8LVixL._SY346_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_I read this book more than a year ago, and find it very useful and helpful for the parents. There are a lot of different information, how to make your kid smart, starting from the birth.
The thing that I like the author said, that of course new mom nutrition, behavior play a huge role in developing baby even when it is still in your womb, but the things like listening classic music, putting special mashines on your belly with music do not help or develop your future child”s brain.
There are a lot of different educational videos, that you can use from the birth, and the commerce says:”Make your baby speak Chinese in 12 months”. This doesn’t have any sense too, because there is no official scientist conclusion about videos which make your kids genious.
The author reccomends to avoid TV by age 2, and even after that try to make your kids life interesting with the books, people, different performances, activities etc. A lot of people don’t agree with this, and in real life it is much more difficult to keep a child away from electronic devices, but I think we always try to pick easier way in everything, for example: Of course, its easier to turn the tv on for your kids, than make up a game for them and play with them. And noone say  do not use the  tv or computer at all, but it should be like a prize, like something special for them, something they should merit.
Instead of using electronic devises with no control, you should learn your kids to make up new friends, learn to make new games and entertain yourself, make yourself busy with interesting things.
There are main strategies to raise your baby smart:
1. Pregnancy:
Babies develop an active mental life in the womb.
Stressed mom, stressed baby.
Eat right, stay fit, get lots of pedicure.

2. Relationship.
Happy marriage, happy baby.
The brain seeks safety above all.
What is obvious to you is obvious to you.

3. Smart baby.
The brain cares about survival before learning.
Intelligence is more than IQ
Face time, no screen time.
Safe baby, smart baby.
Praise effort, not IQ.
Guided play-every day.
Emotions, not emoticons.

4.Happy Baby.
Babies are born with their own temperament.
Emotions are just Post-it notes.
Empathy makes good friends.
The brain craves community.
Empathy soothes the nerves.
Labeling emotions calms big feelings.

5. Moral baby.
Babies are born with moral sensibilities.
Discipline+warm heart=smart baby.
Let your yes be yes and your no be no.

So this book is pretty interesting and probably someone who is interested in babies, their development and bringing up kids would like it.