Talking to Your Baby Has a Big Pay off in Your Child ‘s Development
Talking to your baby is a natural instinct and one that will come surprisingly easily to new parents. Although you might have once wondered what you would have to say to your baby, when the time comes conversation flows easily, even if it is one-sided.
The Importance of Talking to Your Baby
Making sounds, smiling, and using facial expressions are all ways of communicating with a new baby that you will do without even realising. But if you find you feel a little bit awkward about prattling on, don’t!
Here are some great reasons to keep on talking to your little ones:
Your baby has been listening to the sounds and rhythms of your voice since he or she was in the womb. Out in the world, while babies spend a lot of time sleeping or dozing, they are still aware of the sounds around them. Your voice will be a sound they are most familiar with and will be reassuring and soothing to them. Engaging in communication with your child from an early age is a nurturing and loving experience.
Research has shown that communicating with your baby will increase the development of neuron pathways in their brains. Neuron pathways are like muscles. The more they are used, the stronger those pathways become. Engaging with your child in the act of communication will help them begin to form the fundamental tools for clear articulation.
While it may seem one sided at first, talking to your baby is not a passive act but one that models the sounds, intonations, and structures of language. Non-verbal communication tools such as facial expressions and body language teach the communication and articulation of emotions, an equally valuable life skill.
The period between birth and two years of age is the most significant growth period in your child’s development. Providing your child with a language rich environment helps build a lifelong relationship with language, that is both confident and competent.
How to Talk to Babies
Don’t be shy. Just go ahead and do it. Explaining to them what you’re doing throughout the day, how you are feeling or describing things in your environment are ways of modelling natural speech. Reading to them, singing to them, playing and asking questions all help them to learn a range of styles of communication.
Keeping exposure to technology such as television, iPads and iPhones to a minimum and increasing time in actual relationship will benefit your child enormously. There are so many levels of communication between people that cannot translate on a screen and very young children are especially sensitive to this.
Using structured resources such as reading material for young children will help them to connect the rhythm of a narrative with the pictures, as the story unfolds. Hearing a range of sounds, such as the vocabulary that appears in literature, rhyme, repetition and onomatopoeia, for example, will all help develop neuron pathways perfect for building upon in later years.
Mindarie Keys Early Learning School offers a language rich environment for all children, including babies. With this in mind you can be confident that while your baby is with us, they will receive all of the language stimuli they would receive in your care. Mindarie child care trained and qualified team understands the importance of this key step in early learning and are delighted to embrace conversation and communication with your little ones.