Get Ready To Narrate Your Life to Your Baby
It’s hard to believe right now, but someday your baby will talk so much that you’ll marvel at his ability to cram that many words into a single breath. (And when you try to shut yourself in the bathroom for a few seconds of silence, he’ll talk through the door.) Even though he isn’t at that point yet, the foundation for all those future language skills is already being laid. You may feel like a weirdo for talking to someone who doesn’t talk back, but offering up a narrative whenever you’re doing something together will give his verbal abilities a head start. Just simple sentences like, “We’re going to get something to eat,” or “Mommy is changing your diaper,” or “HOW DOES ONE LITTLE PERSON PRODUCE THIS MUCH SHIT?!”
… Okay, maybe not that last one. But you get the idea. Talking is good – even if it’s just making conversation in a silly voice. “Parentese” is what experts call our tendency to stretch out vowels and speak in a high-pitched, singsong tone when we talk to babies (“Oooooh, you’re so cuuuuuuuute!”) – and babies prefer it to any other type of communication.
On a similar note, it’s never too early to start reading together. It’s beneficial for language development skills, too, but its benefits go far beyond that; baby will love to look at the bright pictures, it’s a great bonding experience, and it can be a fantastic way to wind things down before bedtime. (Not to mention it’s an activity that allows you to sit down and relax for a few minutes. SWEET!)