Reading and writing go together. Writing helps children understand that print has meaning. The beginning of writing for very young children is learning how to use their hands and fingers so that later they will be able to hold crayons and pencils.
When your baby is old enough, encourage him or her to pick up cheerios. This gives them practice with fine motor skills, and eye-hand coordination. These skills will come in handy when children begin to learn to hold a pencil!