The benefits of reading to a child before bedtime

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3 min readOct 4, 2018


Reading to the child at night not only improves the relationship between the child and parents, but also develops his speech skills. Nowadays adults are loaded with tasks and everyday worries, quite often there is no time or energy left for the child. When the baby goes to bed, he asks to read to him, but moms and dads often refuse, and it’s a big mistake — reading brings a lot of benefits.

Why is it useful to read to a child at night?

Vocabulary expansion

Reading helps the child learn new words. And he first meets these words in the sentence, which makes it possible to better master them. It is necessary to explain all new words to the child to make sure the child understands their meaning and can easily use them in future.

Speech development

It is important that parents read to the child clearly and correctly pronounce all words, in this case the baby will be able to copy the correct pronunciation.

General development

During reading, the kid learns to listen, analyze, fantasize; he learns new words, experiences different emotions. All this forms a harmonious personality. If you think that early development is important for your baby, then you should read together with your child and you will get great results for sure.

Improving relations with parents

When you read to your child, you spend your time with him, the kid feels his importance and feels your love. Spending time together improves the relationship between parents and their child.

Spiritual development of the child

Usually parents read fairy tales to children, which teach them about decent behaviour, kindness, and responsibility. All this has a positive effect on the spiritual development of the baby.

Healthy sleep

Often children cannot fall asleep for a long time, the reasons can be different — the fear of staying in a dark room, the excitement after active games. During reading, the child calms down, he is next to the parent, which gives him a sense of security. Of course, in such conditions the baby will fall asleep more quickly and will unlikely suffer from nightmares.

Reading to a child before going to bed. Tips for parents

You can get real benefits from reading to your baby at night, but it is important for parents to follow certain rules.

The most important thing is to choose the right book. The best option is a fairy tale. This reading not only entertains the child, but also enriches their inner world. With the help of books you can teach kindness, responsiveness, empathy. The child feels the emotions of other people well, so if the parents read just because they have to and without pleasure, the kid will notice. In this case, reading at night will not bring pleasure to you or him, and even can lead to the situation that the child will perceive reading as a necessity.

As already mentioned, the kid will memorize and copy your pronunciation, so you need to read clearly, place the stress correctly, then the child will remember how to speak correctly.

Discuss with the child what you read, ask how the kid would act in the hero’s place.

After reading the fairy tale and before going to bed do not forget to kiss your child and wish him good night. Children grow fast, so make sure you spend more time together with your baby.



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