Read books with baby in the bathtub!
Bath time is a fantastic time to read to baby. That is, if your baby enjoys baths and most do. Baths and water tend to relax babies and maximize their curiosity, so it’s an excellent time to introduce print, pictures and vocabulary. Once babies are able to sit independently and begin exploring the bathtub environment, they are ready to play with books in the tub. Bath books are perfect for this. Below are some of my son’s favorites from our collection.
- The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Numbers by Eric Carle
- Bath Time! by Sandra Boynton
- Found You, Magic Fish! by Moira Butterfield and Jeremy Child
Wake Up, Magic Duck! by Moira Butterfield and Jeremy Child
- In The Water by Caroline Davis
- On The Farm by Caroline Davis
From the famous words of Dr. Seuss, on a boat with a goat, in the rain on a train, in a box with a fox, in a house with a mouse…..read to baby any and everywhere.
Reading to baby:
- Develops receptive and expressive language
- Builds listening, memory, and attention skills
- Introduces concepts such as colors, numbers, shapes, positions, letters
- Supports social and emotional development
- Develops concepts of print
- Builds communication skills and an understanding that sounds go together to make words and words go together to form sentences
- Assists baby in making connections within his environment
- Is a multi-sensory experience
- Creates a bond with the caregiver
- Is relaxing and fun!
Bath time is a great time to bond with babies and give them your total focus. I challenge you to read a book with a baby during bath time! Make sure to rinse the soap and suds off all the book pages to keep the book nice and clean. Please share any bath books that your littles enjoy. Bath time is also a great time to incorporate language. Check out my article on Bath Time Lingo for ideas to support language development.