Why do it?
- It’s an opportunity for baby to hear and become familiar with their parents’ voices and the languages they speak.
- Baby is beginning to ‘wire up’ for the language that’s used in their family home.
- It’s an opportunity to develop a way to soothe baby when it needs help settling after birth.
How to do it
- Choose something to read that you enjoy, as it’s likely you’ll be reading it many times.
- If baby has an older sibling, one of their favourite picture books would be a good choice to read to baby. It could be read together — or maybe the sibling could read it to baby themselves?
- Baby’s ears are filled with amniotic fluid, so they hear as if they’re under water. Reading in ‘parentese’ will help baby to hear the story from the womb.
- Parentese is a way of talking — use a higher pitch, speak more slowly and exaggerate vowel sounds.
Using more reo Māori
|Kōrero pukapuka||Read book|
|Tuakana||Older sibling of the same sex|
|Tungāne||Brother of a girl|
|Tuahine||Sister of a boy|
|Te whare tangata||Womb|
|Hangaia he pukapuka||Make a book|
|Whakahuri te whārangi||Turn the page|