Do you read books to your Toddlers??? How many hrs. in a day???

Philippines
February 8, 2007 8:12pm CST
I have been reading nursery books to my 17mo old daughter everyday but as much as I want her to sit and listen more, her attention span is still short and leaves probably after 5 minutes..I'm just wandering, do other mommies experience this???Is it too early for me to start her on books and teach her to identify things???
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• United States
9 Feb 07
It's never too early to read to your baby. But, at this age, they want to go go go! LOL My kids are 5 and almost 3 and just now sit still thru a whole book. Just read what you can and got from there. She will come back for more and more. :) Keep on reading to her, though. It's good for her.
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• Philippines
9 Feb 07
hey thanks...she loves looking at books though, i see her more on getting books than toys sometimes... :)
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• United States
9 Feb 07
I don't think it's ever too early to start reading to your child. I have an 18 month old son and I've been reading to him for awhile now. There's quite a few books that he'll sit on my lap for up to 10minutes or more and look through with me. He especially likes books with big pictures of animals in them, I'll sit with him on my lap and point out the different animals and name them and make the sounds they make and he'll do the same back to me. Even if it's only for five minutes you should keep reading to your daughter. Good luck!
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
thanks for the advice.
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
Despite the short attention span, your can still get your daughter to listen to you by animating your voice and picking out bokks with lots of pictures. I started reading to my daughter when she was still 3 months old as an alternative way of stopping her from crying. She still love to hear stories even though she prefers watching DVD cartoons and musical rhymes on TV. I read books to her when we are lying down on the bed in the morning or during afternoon naptimes.
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
oh alright..that is the answer ive been waiting for, the proper time that I can read to her and just listen, i guess its gonna be when she's getting sleepy, that way we're both relaxed...and true enough, she loved baby einstein more than sitting and me just reading to her, i also animate the sounds sometimes and she really laughs out loud. thanks so much.
• United States
9 Feb 07
my son has a short attention span like that as well.. i still try to read to him from time to time.. when he loses interest i stop reading and we play with his toys and i teach him new things that way.. i think its very normal at your daughters age (my son is almost 3 and still cant sit through and entire book) just keep trying though :) and dont force her to sit still and pay attention im sure she will when she is ready :)
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• Philippines
9 Feb 07
i think they are all the same..thanks for the advice.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I helped raise my neice and I was reading to her starting about at a year old, give or take. She loved the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast. She'd have me read it to her all the time and when I wasn't reading it she watched it. Trust me I still have problems watching it now after over watching it that many times. It's never too early to start. They might not comprehend the books or stories yet but it's a good bonding time and sets them up for later on in life for enjoying books.
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• Philippines
9 Feb 07
thanks for the advice..my baby loves books with animals, she particularly loves the one with butterfly, fish and cat :)
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
9 Feb 07
I used to read nursery books to all of my children when they were young but they have already grown up now. I found it very helpful and to teach them how to read so that when they would read a book for themselves out loud when they went to school. But when they are young like your little one then of course they do have a short span of time to concentrate on what we are reading them, this is normal so do not worry about it at this age.
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• Philippines
9 Feb 07
thanks for the advice...you should sell your books, might be very useful to mommies like myself :)
@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
9 Feb 07
It's never too early to start, I have read to my daughter since she was less then a year. She didn't pay much attention most of the time, but I continued to read to her anyways, and now she sits through all more then most kids her age.
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• Philippines
9 Feb 07
thanks for the advice.
@ctv101103 (860)
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
I don't think it's too early to introduce books to babies. I started reading books to my daughter at around 4 months even if her attention span is short. Now, at 20 months, she loves books. Though she can't read yet, she loves looking at the pictures, pointing them to me at says their names (e.g., chair, table, house, flower, etc). I think it's a good starting point to teach your child :)
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
My baby loves her picture books too, I was thinking of a story book..cos at her age, she can point out and talk aloud in her own little language what's in the book :)
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
Nope, you're on the right track. All toddlers have short attention span but it's great that you read books to her this early, at least there's some sort of ritual starting and her interest in books will grow. I've been reading to my daughter since she was around 6 months old. Of course at that time she preferred to chew on her books. Now, at 26 months, she loves books, especially at night before we go to sleep. She would ask me to read a lot of books that it's me who's begging off, hehe. When the first book ends, she would say, "next," and get another book. Books are great! Let's all encourage our kids to love reading.
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• United States
9 Feb 07
Moonmouse - was one of our favorite books
I was a HUGE fan of reading to my kids. I raised 3 kids, twins and one more and I have videos of us reading. It was a wonderful way to just have some down time and it also helped stimulate their minds. All 3 excel in their english/literature courses now in high school, testing well above average. Wish I could say that for math! LOL As for how much.... any time they'd ask.. I'd stop what I was doing and read. And it was a MUST before bed each night. Each child could pick one story... even if it was the same story.. I'd read it twice then.. so we had 3 bed time stories. My kids adored it and still have great memories from reading. Moonmouse was one of our favorite stories to read. To this day I even mention moonmouse and they all start jabbering about "wasn't that the most awesome story?" LOL
• United States
9 Feb 07
For the short attention span... get interactive books for your toddler. Things that let them touch or help count, etc. Also, there are some out there that let you put a finger inside, creating a puppet on the page. My kids would ROAR with laughter with that one. Oddly enough the one they loved most was the stories of Jesus and Jesus was a finger puppet. They loved taking turns making him move around and do what we were reading about! LOL
9 Feb 07
I tend to only read to my 2 year old when she is interested in doing so. I leave books around all the time and change the books so that something new might come up and get her interest. I do read her a story every night before bed though to get her used to reading. I do think that at your daughters age she might not be able to concentrate through a whole story but she would like to point out things in the picture and learn about the characters.
9 Feb 07
ps I don't think its ever too young to start learning.
@akotalagato (1335)
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
i tried to read to my son but i only get as far as the first sentence before he snatches the book from me and leafs through it himself. he likes looking at the pictures better than me reading it to him. his attention span is so short that i am worried that he has ADD (attention deficit disorder). the only thing that holds his attention for long is music. he just loves listening to music and he can listen and sing the whole day.
• Philippines
11 Feb 07
he is just turned two. i'm not labeling him yet, i am just worried. but i have been told that two year olds do have a pretty short attention span and they are so hyperactive. my son suddenly became hyperactive when he turned a year old. as soon as he learned how to walk, he just kept on moving. so how do you know when your child has ADHD. was he diagnosed by a doctor?
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
There is really no age requirement for us to introduce reading to our kids. Maybe sh's not yet interested or she doesnt see anyone in the family who is into reading. Start giving her books that would interest her. If she likes Barney, they buy books about barney. Pictures also interest children in reading. Buy colorful books with lots of pictures. My daughter began to love reading because her dad really reads a lot. I started with picture books until she found the habit of liking books rather than toys. She is not only into kids' books, but she practically wants any kind of book even newspaper :) Recently, her fave is my pregnancy book "What to expect when your expecting". She wants me to read it to her & explain the pictures in the book.
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
you got me wrong there...actually she really loves books..if u give her a toy and a book, she will get the book..i bought a lot of books for her, mostly picture books...im just trying to collect ideas from other mommies, i mean...i would want to know if other baby with the same age as mine can already comprehend to reading..
@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
9 Feb 07
I read only bible stories to my 10 month old.Listens for 3 min.HE IS MORE INTRESTED IN ACTIVITIES AS exploring and doing things for long time.Not really intrested in watching TV. First of all, be realistic. To help lengthen the time your child can stay engaged in an activity, begin where he is now and take small steps toward a long-term goal. If your child can stay on task for two minutes now, work on increasing that time to three or four minutes before you expect him to be able to focus for five! What "sit-down" activities does your child enjoy? That's where you'll begin. If your child likes puzzles, take time to do puzzles with him every day. If your child likes you to read out loud, try to read more often. If your child enjoys imaginary play, get down on the floor and play with dolls or action figures along with him. Whatever the activity, try to spend 15 minutes every day with your child without interruptions. You will probably notice that your child is better able to continue playing if he knows that you won't get up and leave just because he's not asking for interaction. Gradually decrease the amount of interaction during the activity. While you're playing, respond to everything your child says, but don't be too enthusiastic or entertaining. Save teaching skills for another time. If you distract your child with conversation, he won't be able to maintain his focus independently. For example, if you're reading out loud, don't interrupt yourself to talk about the story. Try to keep your child from interrupting as well. Encourage him to follow along as you read at a steady pace. You may notice that your child has a shorter attention span and is more active after watching TV. If so, minimize the time he spends in front of a screen. If he does watch TV, choose shows with a slower pace that tell a story rather than those that feature constant action.
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
thanks for that advice, i'll take that 15 minute no interruption time each day...very very nice!!!
@essilem (286)
• Philippines
17 Feb 07
It's never too early to read to your kids, some people read to them even when they are still in the womb to get them to familiarize the tone and voice of the mommy. I suggest you use small pictures books first for your toddler and pages with only one picture/image per page. It is best to start with things he i accostumed to seeing, example things ii th ehouse, bathroom etc. And after you tell him what it is (say toothpaste picture) give him an example on how the picture is related to her/him, i alsways say when i let my little boy look at pictures of juice or milk to give me some and i pretend to drink it. It really is callenging to come up with ways to make your toddlers stay and listen, my kid is not too big on tv viewing so i grab the chance to read to him every so often. Goodluck!
@apky12 (775)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I try to read to my kids but they always get up and start doing something else. My pediatrician tells me to try and find books that have the pictures you can touch and all that but still, they will get up. Their attention span is about nothing. I have to say that it's turned me off to reading to them. Sometimes I do read to them and sometimes I don't know. It's not every day now.
@selina0625 (1383)
• Philippines
16 Feb 07
I would definitely read books to my son when he's old enough to listen.Rioght now he's just seven months old and he wouldn't understand it. I'm excited to experience the same when he gets older.
@gnamarie (39)
• Philippines
12 Feb 07
I think its never too early to introduce your kid to read books. The earlier the better. I suggest you introduce her books with lots of pictures. This will help catch their attention and interest as well. For me, I started reading books to my daughter as early as 7 months old. She listens to me attentively and looks at the pictures of the book, page after page. Funny though, there are times she would prefer grabing the book and looking at it than playing with her toys.=) good luck!
@im_anna (718)
• Philippines
10 Feb 07
You don't need to worry because 5 mins. is a long time according to the book "how to have smarter babies." her attention span would increase as you read to her consistently everyday, her vocabulary would increase also, etc. There are a lot of benefits in reading to your baby. I do recommend that you continue reading to her, with action if possible or varied intonations.
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
10 Feb 07
It's never too young to start reading to babies. You just have to start with short reads that fit their attention spans and then work up to longer times. Try doing a "picture walk" first where you just go through the book and ask her what things are, giving her words for the different pictures. It will be a fun game for her and will spark her interest in the story. Don't allow her to turn pages you don't want to turn or be in control of the situation, but don't force her to read if you sense it's not the right time.