SHE’S A LANGUAGE GENIUS
For adults, learning a foreign language can be hard work. But for your baby, it’s a breeze. “A brain is primed to notice particular things,” says Suzanne. “The optimum period of time for learning languages is from three months before birth until around the age of five years.” Right now, her brain is tuning into the rhythms and nuances of everything you say, and noticing different sounds, which we think of as words, being used in different ways.
Face your baby while she is in her pram and chat to her for as long as possible. The more you talk, the more she’ll learn. Researchers at Denver University found a child whose parents talk to her frequently will know 300 more words by the age of two than a child with parents who don’t.