Babies learn language the way you and I learn new languages: by repetition. Talk to your baby and child! The more words they hear, the more they learn. Talk about what you’re doing, name the items that you see and use. When your baby babbles at you, respond to your baby. This is how they learn the back-and-forth of conversations. Skip the baby talk for real words.
Read to your baby everyday. There are board books and picture books galore. Point to items and name them. Talk about what’s going on in the picture.
Books also develop motor skills. Books like Pat the Bunny are meant to be touched. Learn to turn pages from the edges. Your baby and toddler can practice turning with cloth books and then magazines to protect that precious picture book you had growing up.
Singing songs and reciting nursery rhymes are excellent language builders. Rhyme and rhythm develop pre-reading skills and memory.
If your children’s songs and nursery rhymes are a bit rusty, check out your local library for virtual offerings.
It’s never too soon to get a library card so your family can enjoy unlimited resources. The pandemic has made things a little different, but libraries have modified their services for the pandemic.