Monday, 20 August 2012

Time For A Chat

 

The other day I was walking round a Car boot sale with Thomas and my mum and all the way around I was talking to Thomas and pointing things out and my mum commented and said I talk to him as if he can understand what I am saying and I expect him to answer me. Well yes I do (well I don’t expect him to answer back or have a clue what I am on about) I talk to him as I would anybody else even though all I get is a little smile or some baby babble. I think it is so important to constantly talk to your babies after all that is how they will learn how to form words by watching your mouth and listening to the sounds you are making. Also by pointing things out to them your baby will begin to learn about the environment around them.

There is nothing cuter than when me and Thomas have our little chats, I will sit there and talk to him and he responds by babbling back, sometimes he babbles for ages about something and he gets so excited and smiles and squeaks and flaps his arms and legs about as if he thinks he is telling me a really exciting story.

Also I think it’s so important to read to your child from a very, very young age even though they don’t understand what you are saying now they will soon learn and after all you still talk to babies even though they don’t understand you so why not read them a quick story. “Research shows that the more words parents use when speaking to an 8-month-old infant, the greater the size of their child's vocabulary at age 3.” So even from a very young age you are giving your child the best start in their learning journey.

Babies also just love the sound of your voice and they find it soothing, Thomas loves to lay with me and will listen to me read him a book and he just looks at the big colourful pictures it’s another way to have cuddles and special time together.

So now you have finished reading this if you have 5 minutes to spare put your feet up have a snuggle with your little one and read them a story or just have a chat.

1 comment:

  1. I have a 10 week old and I just LOVE reading to her and if i'm lucky she'll babble back for a minute or two. I'm learning to talk to her more and involving her when we do things for example, let go to the kitchen to do..... Being my first child I had no idea you could have so much interaction with them so young, it's wonderful!

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