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Anyone else discover that their little one will look at pictures and listen endlessly to stories? dd will be 3 months old at the end of June and listened to 1.5 hours of me reading to her today! I discovered her interest b/c she joins us for ds's bedtime books. She kicks, coos, and tries to touch the pictures. The one thing I wonder is, could I be overdoing it with her at such a young age? DS didn't sit for a book til 14 mos. (though I did try many times earlier). DD already fussed and almost cried when I stopped reading to her this afternoon. Should I limit our bok time for fear of overdoing it, or do it as long as she's happy?
 

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I say read as long as she's happy, books are great! My son is 4 months and LOVES his books too. I think it's a wonderful thing to do with your baby.<br>
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This sounds just like my 1 year old when she was born - and she's still loves books.<br><br>
Keep reading, and hopefully her love of books will continue. My dd is starting to pick out books on her own and point to the pictures "Dutt.. kak! kak!" (Duck says quack quack). It's amazing to see how much they pick up from books.
 

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Hi Teachma~~ We miss you over in April group... Even though your dd was born at the end of March we would all love to have ya with us <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br>
OT Both my girls LOVE to sit and listen to me reading... I read to them both and with ds when I was pregnant for each of them.. I use to read dd Dumbo when I was pregnant ALOT and it is one of her Fav books now! She is soon to be 8! I think reading to them at such a young age is wonderful. It opens thier minds up and helps them better their vocabulary! My dd#1 was speaking complete sentences by the time she was 1 years old. Keep up the great work mama! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Sounds wonderful to me!<br><br>
I have been reading to my DD since before she was born and now at 9.5mo she just loves books.<br><br>
We have put all her books in a basket in the living room and she will sit and look at books rather than play with her toys. She likes to listen to the same story over again and gets excited by a favourite page. She even has her own library card!<br><br>
I would say as long as your DD is enjoying it then keep reading to her. My happiest childhood memory is being read to by my mother.
 

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Yes!Keep reading.We have mountains of books in our house more in the garage.(one of the side-effects of hs)Ds No4 was our earliest reader.He wanted to play carmen sandiego on the computer like his pre-teen big brothers,so he was endlessly asking me mom what's this say?Finally in my frustration to get dinner on the table I said"son here's the phonics program DO IT please so you can read without me"Well lo and behold the little stinker worked on it for about 3 weeks and was reading-EVERYTHING! All the other children are excellent readers,but learned in a more normal time frame 5-10 yrs.Now if i could just get one of em that enthusiastic about math! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Thanks for the confirmation that this is okay. The true reason I worry is that since I am an elementary school teacher, I am always concerned that I am pushing my son to learn, and I would hate to be one of THOSE partents who does things that are not developmentally appropriate. I have also seen too many kids turned off to learning as a result of their parents introducting things to them prematurely and then trying to get the kids to learn it. My ds is almost 4, quite verbally precocious from the start, and others have probably assumed I'm one of those moms who uses flashcards with him and gives him daily reading lessons or something. When he could name the specific Crayola colors at 9 months old (magenta, apricot, etc.) I was asked, point blank, how long I spent on getting him to learn it! As if I held up each crayon and drilled it right in! ANyway, sorry to be slightly OT, but I am just trying to do the right thing, and so I have given a litte backround about us to explain my hesitance. So, we'll keep reading!
 

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We have a wonderful picture of ds1 sitting on dh's lap when he was quite young (2 mos?) reading a board book together....
 

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I agree with the PP, as long as she is enjoying the story, keep reading! My ds goes through spurts where you can read several books to him in a row and he is perfectly content. Other days, if you pull out a book he is not happy.
 

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My 8 month old loves books also! His favorites are the ones with pictures of babies in them. I think as long as your little one is content you can't over do reading.
 
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