New parents can expect a little extra advice from now on at well-baby check-ups, as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has announced that all parents should read to their children from birth onward. The new recommendation was written by Dr. Pamela High, who tells The New York Times, that the recommendation, “Should be there each time we touch bases with children,” and doctors need to tell parents they should be “reading together as a daily fun family activity” from infancy. While the AAP already has rules regarding keeping kids away from screens until they are at least 2, this is the very first time they’ve officially weighed in on early literacy education. The policy, in part, states, “Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime. The policy also advises that doctors tell parents about developmentally appropriate shared-reading activities that are enjoyable for children and their parents and offer language-rich exposure to books, pictures, and the written word. Do you read to your baby? Let us know in the comments.

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