It’s Never Too Early to Start Storytime
Your baby is probably babbling away like someone in an adorable psych ward. The rhythm and flow of his words are starting to sound more like conversations, so it can be fun to chat back and forth with him, even if he’s just talking nonsense. In related news, you’ll soon find yourself craving any adult conversation you can get.
Your baby might be saying “no” to just about everything, even if she doesn’t mean it; as she tests out her independence, the word “no” just feels good to say. In order to cut down on the number of times you hear it, a good technique is to ask her opinion on things. You can say, “Do you feel like having the orange sippy cup or the green sippy cup?” She might answer, she might point, she might stare off into space, but eventually having choices will let your child feel like she’s a little more in control. And if she feels a little more in control, tantrums might lessen. For both of you.
It’s a good idea to read to your children every day. Babies love to have you point out things in books and talk about them. They can be little control-freaks about turning the pages, though, so board books are usually best. It’s kinda freaky to think that you are entirely responsible for teaching your baby about… everything. So you should probably just start talking now because you have a lot of ground to cover!