From 6 - 12 July it's Children's Book Week so we'd love to know what your little one's favourite bedtime story is?
We may be a little biased but we have to say that two of our absolute favourite children's books are Dumbo and Fantastic Mr. Fox, which suit our Ellefunk and Urban Fox bedding collections perfectly!
Reading to your baby helps build vocabulary, stimulates imagination, and improves communication skills. The more you speak to your child from the outset, the better it is for her growth and development.
A running commentary on what's happening in the neighbourhood during a walk, or naming your child's body parts as you bathe her, are good ways to talk to her. Reading also helps to increase the verbal interactions you have with your child.
Reading to your baby introduces her to the concepts of stories, numbers, letters, colours, and shapes, and gives her information about the world around her. It also builds memory and vocabulary skills.
By the time she's a year old, your baby has already learned all the sounds she needs to speak her native language. The more words she hears, the better she'll be able to talk.
Here are some top tips for reading to your baby: