Talk a Lot to Your Infant

Talk a Lot to Your Infant

Helping your child develop good language skills is one of the more important tasks you have as a parent. And one of the best ways to do this is to talk to your baby a lot right from birth. Now this may seem like common sense. But if you think about it, it really isn’t.

After all, common sense doesn’t tell us to talk to things that don’t talk back. We don’t talk to chairs, we don’t talk to tables, and we don’t talk to fire hydrants. We do have a tendency to talk to vending machines, but in general, we do not talk to things that are incapable of engaging us in conversation. So why would you spend a lot of time speaking to a baby who is not yet speaking herself?

Of course, all mothers and fathers will talk to their infants from time to time. However, it actually takes a conscious and concerted effort to make sure you are exposing your little one to as much language as possible right from the start. You may feel foolish engaging in rambling monologue instead of meaningful dialogue for a few months, but once your child does start speaking, she will thank you for it.

Michael K. Meyerhoff, Ed.D. (a.k.a. “Dr. Mike”) is a member of the management team at Romp n’ Roll. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also held a position as a researcher with the Harvard Preschool Project. He may be contacted via e-mail at drmike@romproll.com.

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