If you read or share books with your baby, even from a very young age, you’ll be helping them to develop the skills they need later in life.
Just a few minutes a day will help their language skills and development. It doesn’t matter if you’re not sure about reading aloud – your baby loves hearing your voice so just talk about the pictures.
It’s free to get books for your baby if you join your local library. Ask the librarian if any other activities and events for parents and babies happen at the library too.
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Your Baby Box will include books to read to your baby while you're pregnant and after they're born.
More about the Baby Box
Bookbug gives every child in Scotland 4 free bags of books and resources such as CDs of songs and rhymes, between birth and the age of 5.
Bookbug also runs free Bookbug sessions in partnership with libraries and community groups across Scotland. These are fun sessions of stories, songs and rhymes to enjoy with your baby, and a great way to meet other families near you.
Your first bag of books
You’ll get your first Bookbug bag from your health visitor or family nurse when your baby is between 3 and 5 weeks old.
The bags come in English and Gaelic versions and there are also tactile books available if you have a baby with additional needs.
The Scottish Book Trust has more about Bookbug
You are your baby’s first teacher and you can help them learn to play by copying you and using lots of touch and movement.
The play@home programme has lots of activity ideas you can use to play with your baby.
You’ll get 3 books between birth and your baby’s 5th birthday. The first covers from birth to one year and it’s called the yellow book.
Your health visitor or family nurse can tell you more about it.