How can board books help your child's development?

The Jai Jais board books have been beautifully created to capture a baby’s interest during their early months in the big wide noisy and visual world.  The original characters from the series have been carefully and lovingly transformed into younger characters, to introduce and engaged children from a very early stage. The pictures are set on a white background, with a boarder so they are visually appealing and capture a child’s attention. The images are beautifully textured rather than flat images to learn and explore. 

The vocabulary has been carefully chosen to replicate the words the children will be introduced to in the next series, so they are also building their knowledge and bringing the vocabulary forward to the next stages of The Jai Jais.

Here’s some ways board books can help your child develop:

  1. “Reading a book to your newborn is a one-on-one activity that you can really turn into a special time with your baby,” says Mary Ann Abrams, Medical Director. “It exposes the baby to the sound of your voice, which is soothing for them.” Research has shown that reading to babies can help parents develop the bond with your child and feelings of intimacy.

  2. Hearing words helps to build a rich foundation of words in a baby’s brain. Children whose parents frequently talk/read to them know more words by the age 2 than children who have not been read to.  Children who are read to during their early years are more likely to learn to read at the age expected.

  3. At three months of age, your baby shows excitement when a toy or book is placed in front of them. Now they can move their eye muscles to examine things of interest, identify most adult colours and is generally interested in looking at a toy or book.

  4. Board books, especially intriguing with pictures of faces or familiar objects, let then, practice object-recognition and instil basic ideas of language.

  5. By the time the child is 4 months old, your baby will show an interest in books and start to explore them by chewing or throwing them. At this age, your baby needs sturdy vinyl or cloth books that can survive chewing and are not easily torn. During [the 6 to 12 months stage], babies become less interested in mouthing books and more interested in the story. You can promote your baby’s interest in books by looking at books with him and talking about the pictures, especially those that interest your baby. Invite your 8- or 9-month-old baby to turn the pages.  

  6. Unlike solid foods, it is never too early to start reading with your baby. Who cares if it’s the sports page or The Jai Jais—it will be the time you share together that counts, so have fun with it! Whatever babies are interested in at {the 6 to 12 month] age, they predictably put straight in their mouths. Books are no exception. Now that your baby can sit in your lap; grab for a book; and show his or her interest by batting at, turning, or gumming the pages, you’ll find yourself especially appreciative of board books for their drool-proof nature.

  7. Believe it or not, by the time babies reach their first birthday they will have learned all the sounds needed to speak their native language. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your child will be exposed to and the better he or she will be able to talk.

  8. Reading to babies can be a soothing, comforting activity but don’t be surprised if it takes a few sessions before you and your little one get into a rhythm with the right books and the right routine. By incorporating calm, unhurried reading into your little one’s night time routine, you’ll be helping to set the stage for a restful night’s sleep.

Reference: Beaming books.

Sunita Shah
Managing Director
Senior Speech and Language Therapist

THE BABY JAI JAIS SERIES:  Ages 0-2 ½ years
Book Collection Includes: Ganesh, Krishna, Lakshmi, Hanuman, Durga, and Shiva.

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