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Dad’s Club: Make Reading Fun

“Daddy! Read me a story!” he says while you tuck him between the sheets. And before you know it, he’s wrapped in your arms while you turn the pages together, giggling at the funny duck in his favorite book.


Getting in Tune with Baby

I Know This Word


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