Talking to Your Baby Matters: Grow the healthy brain
All parents want the best for their child. And we know that healthy food helps grow a healthy baby. However to grow a healthy brain, a baby needs more — lots and lots of loving words.
A baby’s brain grows super fast. Research shows that a child’s exposure to language spoken by parents and caretakers from birth to age 3 makes a huge difference. A strong vocabulary allows a child to more easily follow instructions, express their feelings and develop the fundamental skill: the ability to read. If a child has the ability to read (by the end of third grade), he would shift from the culture of learning to read, to reading to learn.
You will be surprised by the evidence showing that stream of parent-to-child baby talk - Feel Teddy’s nose! It’s so soft! Baby feels hungry? Now Mommy is opening the fridge! “You see Daddy, don’t you?” Does my little Thomas hear me talking? — is very, very important.
It’s common that most parents gave their children directives like “Put away your toy!” or “Don’t eat that!” But interaction was more likely to stop there. Parents are advisable to engage their little one in baby talk more. (So put those smartphones away!)
Study shows that the greater the number of words children heard from their parents or caregivers before they were 3, the higher their IQ and the better they did in school. TV talk not only didn’t help, it was destructive.
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