Hey, lovely mommies-to-be, on this World Book Day, Cloudnine wishes to share some anecdotes on how reading to your unborn baby is one of the best activities you share with him or her
Nothing in this world is a better friend, guide and mentor than a book, a book is a physical representation of the concepts of wisdom. Although a book is not the same as one’s own experiences, it still counts as an experience which helps us in times of need.
There’s a tale from the ‘Mahabharata’, where Prince Abhimanyu, the son of Subhadra and Arjuna, overhears the method of entering a Chakravyuth depicted by his father, while in the womb of his mother.
Although it’s a story, it suggests that since ancient times people have known that children in the mother’s womb are receptive to what they hear. When we read them stories or scientific facts or religious texts or poetry and more, the developing baby understands.
That’s how babies are born with the knowledge of their mother tongue.
As Noam Chomsky, the father of modern linguistics strongly states, ‘The native speaker is never wrong about his language’. This happens due to the genetics of native linguistics, which is activated when a person is a developing foetus. He or she has heard his mother speak and read to him or her while still growing in the womb.
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Time and again it has come to light that your baby understands the books you read to him or her when they’re in your womb, it forms part of the very initial education that the baby receives while still in the warmth and comfort of your womb.
It was the great theoretical German physicist, Albert Einstein, who developed the theory of relativity, who spoke upon the importance of reading to children and I quote;
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ― Albert Einstein
We’ve all heard these lines a million times but we never stress enough on the value this adds to every child’s overall growth and development.
I’d also like to highlight that the more you read and talk with your unborn baby:
- A stronger connect is built with your baby
- The more secure your baby feels with you
- This is indeed the best time your baby listens to all that you say. Enjoy these moments.
Reading to your baby relaxes you as well;
The warmth and calm in your voice helps you in bonding with your baby
- It relieves you of any anxiety
- It relaxes you as you realize that there’s someone that loves you
- The child within you feels your security and you too feel secure
- You dive into the innocent world of fairies and goblins and feel a little light
- You realize that this is a good way to teach the right things to your children
- It helps to slow down and enjoy your pregnancy
- Once your relaxed your heart rate becomes smoother and you breathe better
On Cloudnine, we very well understand the importance of reading to your babies, unborn or newly born or a toddler. We insist that you read positive books while you’re expecting your baby.
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline
Best books to read to your baby while you’re expecting him or her;
Starting with Panchtantra’s stories and Enid Blyton Classics, I remember these books ‘coz my mom would read them to me all the time when I was under the age of 2 and even when I grew up, and I’d love them:
- Classic folk tales, like the Panchatantra with lots of moral stories, covering these 5 concepts:
- Book One: Mitra-bedha – The Loss Of Friends – The Monkey And The Wedge, The Jackal And The Drum, The Lion, Camel, Jackal And Crow, The Crane And The Crab, The Rat That Ate Iron. Right-Mind And Wrong-Mind, The Tale Of The Three Fish, The Hermit And The Mouse.
- Book Two: Mitra-labha – The Winning of Friends – The Elephants And The King Of Mice, Shandili And The Sesame Seeds, The Story Of The Merchant’s Son, The Unlucky Weaver.
- Book Three: Kakolukiyum – On Crows And Owls – Elephants And Hares, The Brahmin And The Crooks, The War Of Crows And Owls, The Cave That Talked.
- Book Four: Labdhapranasam – Loss Of Gains – The Monkey And The Crocodile, The Story Of The Potter, The Greedy Cobra And The King Of Frogs, The Donkey And The Washerman, The Jackal’s Strategy.
- Book Five: Apariksitakarakam –Ill- Considered Action – The Brahmani And The Mongoose, The Brahmin’s Dream, The Lion That Sprang To Life, The Musical Donkey, The Bird With Two Heads.
- Mahabharata, Ramayana and Upanishads for children
Tales you read here impact the little minds in the best of ways.
- THE RED PIXIE BOOK by Enid Blyton (I’ve always loved her bedtime stories, as a kid, I’d want to hear a story before going to bed, I’d pester my mother till she’d have to read me a story, that indeed moulded my love for reading and writing)
- You Never Know!
- Fiddle-de-dee, the Foolish Brownie
- The Patchwork Quilt
- Who Stole the Crown?
- The Little Tiny House
- The Little Walking House [The House with Six Legs]
- The Flower-Woman
- Gooseberry Whiskers
- The Pixie Who Killed the Moon
- Feefo Goes to Market
- The Ladybird’s Spots
- The Little Singing Kettle
- The Humpy Wizard’s Spectacles [The Wizard in Towering Castle]
- Disney’s fairy tales – Read the stories aloud, then once they’re born and older show them the illustration and not the movies, let their imagination feast.
- The pied piper and several other children moral tales
- Tatty Ted series for babies
- Read nursery rhymes in your native language as well as other languages that you know.
Your children are like bubbling balls of vital life energy contained in that wet clay with a fragrance so pure. You are the moulder, they’ll become what you mould them into. Show love, encouragement and appreciation towards them and guide them against anything that may try to crack their intricate and beautiful mould.
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We’re sending lots of love to you and your little one, from Cloudnine!
For the love of Children,
Sprinkle their minds, their own books, with wisdom,
Polish their lives into joy,
True happiness gleaming in their eyes.
Spreading love and smiles,
Let them soar and glide,
The future of mankind,
With heads held high,
They’ll stand tall, with virtue to call,
And great books in their minds!
Cloudnine wishes you all a very happy International Book Day!