If you want to set your baby up to have strong language and conversational skills, you only need to do this one activity: talk. And if you do it in that sing-song way parents do (called parentese), it's even better!
Studies have shown a striking difference in vocabulary and language processing skills in toddlers as young as 18 months when they have been exposed to frequent talking from those who haven't.
That's significant since a lot of new parents can find it difficult to talk to their newborns. If that’s you, just remember that your baby will still get a lot of information from your tone, rhythm and volume at which you communicate.
And it’s easier than you think. Parents adopt simple grammar and words, and exaggerated sounds, almost without thinking about it.
This baby talk, or parentese, is adopted by parents around the world, but it shares some common characteristics:
Conversations with your baby, although a little more one sided than adult chats, can be a lot of fun. So take some time today to describe the world around you - after all, your narration is your baby’s first introduction to all the amazing things they can see.
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