I am sure we all want our kids to take joy in reading and see the benefits of taking our kids to the library once they are old enough to read or at least to sit still to be read to. However, I would argue there are benefits to taking little ones who are just months old to the library, now. Many libraries have changed and evolved beyond places you merely check out books.
1. Many libraries now have story time specifically geared to infants.
|My little one dressed up for the costume parade during Halloween story time.|
2. The library is a great place to meet other moms and babies.
I don't think I realized the importance of having mom friends with babies until I had a kid of my own. Things are ever changing when it comes to babies whether it is car seat recommendations, where to take mommy and me swim lessons, pediatricians taking new patients, etc. If you happen to be a stay at home mom, I found it super helpful to be able to talk to other moms who were in the midst of the same trying times as I was especially when it came to sleep regressions and teething or even my own hair falling out. Being a stay at home mom, I find the chance to talk to other adults necessary for my sanity. Plus finding other tots for your little one to play with is helpful these days.
3.Libraries now often have tot rooms specifically designed for the age 5 and under crowd.
Ours has wooden puzzles, a magnetic board, activity cubes, cardboard blocks, foam puzzles, and other toys designed for the younger set. Both my little one and her cousin who is 4 love playing there. I usually have to argue with them to get them to go even after an hour or more of playing. It's especially nice free retreat on a rainy day, when you just need to get out of the house, or even a good time to play with the other littles after story time.
|The best picture I could manage with the library Santa. Thankfully, we had better luck with the Santa at Walmart, so I was still available to avoid lines to get a picture of her with Santa.|
Several groups I participate in hold their meetings at the library. I have even checked out rooms to hold sample demonstrations of products to other moms. We don't have many community centers left in our area, so the meeting rooms are great meeting spots that are safe to have your kids with you. The particular room I used below had all the outlets for the room in the center of the table which made it easy to keep little hands away from them.
|I'm demonstrating the Neil Med Naspirator for a local moms group I participate in.|