Every baby’s birth-day is an exciting event! And when a new parent greets their baby for the very first time, a delightful, almost magical, love affair begins. You don’t want to miss what happens next when you “act out” this adorable story with your very own baby. From the moment you exclaim, “Welcome, little precious! I’m so excited to meet you!” your birth-day baby will enjoy the heart-warming feeling that flows between you. Known as the cuddle or love hormone, oxytocin is responsible for this special feeling. Even a loving hug stimulates the release of oxytocin from our brains. So when you snuggle up and read this magical story to your baby, oxytocin flows through both of you, bonding you to each other, helping your baby feel safe and loved. • Research shows that reading aloud to your baby is extremely important because it’s shaping your baby’s brain – growing new connections at the amazing rate of 700 each second. That’s right, 700 new connections per second. • In turn, these new connections create memories, which we call learning. These early memories form a foundation for learning to read, a love of reading, and future success in life. We call it, “Brain Food for Your Baby!”
About the Author
A board-certified neonatologist, Dr. Gary cared for seriously ill newborns for 35 years in the Neonatal ICU at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio. During that time, he also wrote a weekly medical column, The Baby Beat, for Alliance, Ohio’s daily newspaper. After authoring a Series of Five Award-Winning “Leaping Larry” Picture Books, illustrated by Chris Sharp, Dr. Gary and Chris Sharp have created a groundbreaking series of Tummy Love Prenatal Board Books for parents to read aloud to their babies before they are born.