Talk it up with your baby! It’s the easiest way to help her build communication abilities!
Here’s why you should talk to your baby a lot — and tell your friends to talk it up with their babies, too!
According to The New York Times:
Children whose families are on welfare hear about 600 words an hour compared to working-class children who hear 1,200 words an hour. By contrast, children from professional families hear 2,100 words an hour. By age 3, a poor child will have heard 30 million fewer words in his home than a child from a professional family. The greater number of words children hear from parents and caregivers before age 3, the higher their IQ and the better they will do in school.
So, start talking! And keep talking.
By 3 months: Smiles at the sound of your voice and begins to babble. Babble bac! Begins to imitate some sounds and turns her head toward the direction of sounds.
By 7 months: Responds to her own name — say her name alot. Begins to respond to “no” and starts to distinguish emotions by tone of voice. Responds to sound by making sounds. Uses her voice to express happiness and displeasure and babbles chains of consonants.
By 1 year: Pays increasing attention to speech and responds to simple verbal requests and to “no.” Babbles with inflection and says “Dada” and “Mama.” Uses exclamations such as “Oh-oh!” and tries to imitate words.
By 2 years: Recognizes names of familiar people, objects and body parts. Points to objects or pictures when they are named. Says several single words (by 15 – 18 months). Uses phrases (by 18 – 24 months). Follows simple instructions and repeats words heard in conversation.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics