Use This Guide to Help You Build Your Baby's Brain!

Being a parent to a newborn is hard work! From bedtime to feeding schedules and everything in between, it’s difficult to remember everything on your baby to-do list!

Well, we want to help! On top of physical health, it’s so important for your baby’s brain health and development to begin right from infancy—and a good way to start is by reading to them!

Let Dr. John Hutton guide you through baby’s first year of reading!

Newborn

You want to start reading to your baby from the moment they are born! Get into a reading routine right away to set yourself and your baby up for success!

 
Read Baby, Every Day   written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Leah Busch

Read Baby, Every Day written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Leah Busch

 

1-2 Months

Your baby is seeing the world for the very first time! Smile, make eye contact, and talk! They’re listening and looking! 

 

Here’s a tip! Babies love books with real pictures and bold contrasts!

 
 
Black & White Nighty-Night     written and illustrated by Sarah Jones

Black & White Nighty-Night written and illustrated by Sarah Jones

 

2-5 Months

Your baby will start making those adorable “ooh” and “ahh” sounds, but they’re more than just noises—they’re the beginning sounds of vowels! Read books that practice these noises so your baby starts to understand which ones are important for word building!

 
Dogs!   written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Doug Cenko

Dogs! written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Doug Cenko

 
 

Don’t worry! Chewing books is normal—a sign of teething! Let baby explore sturdy board books by holding them, turning pages and even tasting!

 

5-9 Months

You might start to hear some of those words you’ve been so excited to hear—like “mama,” “dada,” or “baba!” That’s because your baby is practicing saying consonants, and what better way to begin with Mama or Dada!

 
Baby Loves to Wiggle Wiggle     written by Stacy Sims and illustrated by Sharareh Khosravani

Baby Loves to Wiggle Wiggle written by Stacy Sims and illustrated by Sharareh Khosravani

 

9-12 Months

Hurray! Words! All of a sudden, your baby starts putting those vowel sounds and consonant sounds together—opening them up to the magical world of words!

 

 
Words for Me!   written and illustrated by Sarah Jones

Words for Me! written and illustrated by Sarah Jones

 

Reading aloud is so important for infant health! Just 15 minutes of reading a day is all it takes to start encouraging all those words to start sticking in your baby’s brain!

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