Talk to ba­bies right from birth to nur­ture them

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Early in­ter­ac­tion with ba­bies can nur­ture their de­vel­op­ing brains, while con­tribut­ing to lan­guage ac­qui­si­tion, early lit­er­acy, school readi­ness, and so­cial and emo­tional well-be­ing, sug­gests a re­cent study that high­lights the im­por­tance of talk­ing to ba­bies right from birth. Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent pa­per from ex­perts at Har­vard Grad­u­ate School of Ed­u­ca­tion and Bos­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter, US, 13 mil­lion chil­dren world­wide go to bed with­out be­ing read a story.

In light of this, here’s guid­ance for pe­di­a­tri­cians and par­ents about how best to talk to ba­bies at dif­fer­ent ages and de­vel­op­men­tal stages.

Birth to six months: Talk­ing to ba­bies ten­derly us­ing ex­ag­ger­ated sounds and fa­cial ex­pres­sions lays the foun­da­tions for lan­guage learn­ing and resiliency in these early months.

Six to 18 months: At this age, ba­bies can un­der­stand a num­ber of words, and do things like point to their nose with a fin­ger, be­fore be­ing able to say the word ‘nose’.

18 to 36 months: Par­ents can try ask­ing ques­tions like ‘what’ and ‘where.’ It’s at this age that par­ents should try to use the big­gest range of dif­fer­ent words.

From 36 months: You can build your kid’s sto­ry­telling skills. Don’t hes­i­tate to ask ‘why’ and ‘how’ and try to an­swer chil­dren’s ques­tions with clear ex­pla­na­tions.

EARLY IN­TER­AC­TION WITH BA­BIES CAN NUR­TURE THEIR DE­VEL­OP­ING BRAINS, CON­TRIBUT­ING TO LAN­GUAGE AC­QUI­SI­TION AND EARLY LIT­ER­ACY

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