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Although babies cannot yet communicate with words, a large part of their early brain development occurs as a result of their early interactions and “conversations” with their care providers.

What You Need:


  • None

What To Do:


  1. Pick your child up and place him in your arms. Each time he looks at you, respond by giving him a smile or by talking to him. Say in a parentese* voice, “I see _________ (say his name) looking at me.” Respond to his gestures, facial expressions, and vocalizations. As he tracks objects, talk about these objects. For example, if he gazes at the ceiling fan say, “I see _______ (name) looking at the ceiling fan.” “What is the ceiling fan doing?”  “Yes, it’s going round and round.”

  2. Allow baby time to vocalize by making cooing and babbling noises. Then reply back to him. Make it fun by being silly with him.


 

*parentese: a type of speech where an adult talks to a child in an exaggerated and repetitive way; also called “baby talk.”