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DaisyRaine90 Tue 07-Nov-17 20:09:17

Am I right in thinking it’s better to repeat the books you read regularly with young ones to help them learn?

I mostly read DS 16 weeks 3 books at bed time (rotated) and did the same with DD.

Now every day she has an old fave as well as a new or newer one.

Obvs this will change once we move to chapter books with her

Is this good for them? If not I have no idea who advised me to do it or if I just made it up in my head.

Thanks 😊

DaisyRaine90 Wed 08-Nov-17 09:42:02


AuntieStella Wed 08-Nov-17 09:45:27

I don't think it matters.

What does matter is that you read to them.

Personally, my DC each went through a phase of demanding the same book time after time after time, I still shudder at the memory! So I'd be all for variety for younger DC (when it's still up to me)

Roomba Wed 08-Nov-17 10:05:01

Am I right that your DS is 16 weeks old? If so, the important thing is just hearing your voice, whatever you read to him. It makes no difference if it's a novel or the back of a cereal packet you read, it's the exposure to language which benefits him long term (there are studies showing the 'word gap' between children who achieve highly on starting school and those who don't).

When he's a bit older, I'd go for a mixture. Some nights read old favourites - my children loved knowing the story already and being able to join in when I left pauses for them to 'read' too. Other nights I'd introduce new books, to broaden their vocabulary and imagination.

He'll let you know what he likes soon enough though - god, the number of times I read 'Stick Man' and every Mr Men book, I could quote them in my sleep grin

DaisyRaine90 Wed 08-Nov-17 11:23:43

Yes this is with the 16/17 week old.

I mostly sing the same songs and lullabies, use about 10 baby signs and read the same bedtime book.

I also read him whatever I’m reading news, books etc. I’m reading if he wakes during the night and sometimes that’s revision notes or driving theory 😂

I chat rubbish to him constantly x

DaisyRaine90 Wed 08-Nov-17 11:25:10

Sometimes I read the kids poetry too.

Radio is never off either so plenty of opportunities to broaden vocabulary x

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