Never too early to talk to baby
Last week I wrote about typical talk for our youngsters so today I wanted to break this down into specific ages and stages.
First up – babies. Babies communicate from day one.
Their brains are prewired to learn to communicate.
They are born with the full set of 86 billion brain cells but these brain cells aren’t fully coordinated.
The brain cells aren’t talking to each other yet.
As a result, babies continually need to outsource their needs so they do this via crying, their gaze, touch and babbling.
It’s our response as caregivers to these attempts to communicate that matters the most.
By six months old babies make noises to get our attention, laugh and smile when other people laugh and smile, and make sounds back to us when talked to.
Some lovely things you can do to encourage baby talk include: get close, let them see your face, make eye contact and talk in a sing song voice – babies love this.
Catherine Campbell is a specialist speech language therapist with the Nelson Tasman Kindergarten Association