Website Encourages Parents to Bond with Baby
Developing Hearts, the non-profit educational
publisher, has launched its new website http://www.bondingwithbaby.org to help parents give their newborns an early motivational foundation
for reading and succeeding in school. The new method, the Bonding
with Baby Book-Sharing Program, came out of groundbreaking
research on parent involvement in developing infant pre-reading
skills. The technique uses books during the first year to stimulate
loving interaction and to bond with baby, not to read to baby.
The research, conducted in 2001 by Dr. Grover J. Whitehurst,
Pediatric Psychologist at the State University of New York,
showed that parents and infants using the Bonding with Baby
approach spent significantly more time together sharing books
and got significantly more enjoyment from it.
The website shows parents, in English
and Spanish, how to make pictures ‘come alive’ and relate them to baby’s
interests. As a result, books come to “feel good” like
a favorite blanket and sharing them a favorite activity–the
first step in learning to read.