It has been proven that infants are terrible conversationalists. There's no having a discussion with them and the only way they know how to communicate is by crying. But even though your newborn is not going to engage you in a discussion about global warming or the economy, it is vitally important that you talk to your newborn.
Babies develop speech because they are spoken to. Before they are old enough to understand what you are saying, infants are absorbing and engaging with your language. Some parents overlook the importance of talking to their newborns because they cannot respond or because it seems silly. Don't make the mistake of avoiding the key to your child's speech development by talking to your baby.
You don't have to make your verbal interactions long-winded or involved. Nursery rhymes have developed over-time to be simple, repetitive and sing-song. The repetition of words helps your infant to form words in their vocabulary and the pleasant, sing-song style is interesting and engaging. Same goes for simple songs such as “Row Your Boat” and “Patty Cake”.
Try labeling what you are doing. Not only will your baby learn verbs and actions, but they will also begin to learn the fundamental skills for imitating those actions.. You can also help by naming objects and pointing to them, focusing on items that are particular interest to your child. “Ball” will likely be an early word for a child who loves to play with that toy.
Speaking to your child is crucial in their intellectual development but also equally important in their emotional well-being. Speaking to your infant forms a bond between parent and child that will eventually mature into healthy communication and understanding.
Developing speech also lends to social development. A child that can speak at an age-appropriate level is going to be able to initiate and facilitate social interactions with other children. They will be able to ask for help or engage in pretend play
and more likely to be included in activities with their peers.
Talking to a tiny human may seem silly and pointless but it is important in the development of their speech. Well developed speech leads to a healthy social development and a strong bond between parent and child. Use nursery rhymes, songs or your day-to-day activities to communicate on a regular basis with your child and before you know it the days of constant crying will disappear and those pointless one-way conversations will turn into some very interesting exchanges.
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