Literacy for Babies

Hi, welcome to Little Otter Books. On this page I have put together some information and ideas on how to start your baby off on their language learning journey! 

You have a really important job as your child's first (and probably, most important) teacher. But don't fret! Your baby is born with everything he needs to learn language from you effortlessly (you'll know what I mean when your toddler starts swearing like a trooper after you may have sworn once when you banged your toe!).  

I hope you find this information useful, I would love to hear from you if you have any questions.

Happy reading,


Top Tips for enjoying language with your baby:

  • Talk LOTS!

  • Sing songs and nursery rhymes (now is the time to brush up on Oranges and Lemons and Five Little Speckled Frogs)

  • Reading isn't just for bedtime, try building it into your daily rhythm, my toddler loves climbing into bed with books first thing in the morning or maybe after lunch.

  • If you had a test coming up you might revise, it's the same for children. They like to hear the same songs and stories over and over and it's all part of the learning process.

  • Choose sturdy board books that you are happy for your child to pull around and put in their mouth. You don't want to be constantly hovering in case they tear something (it will happen, lots!)

  • Consider having your child facing you in the pram, they pick up a lot of communication from your expression and pointing things out will be so much easier. 

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