Prep: None / Activity Time: 1-3 Minutes

Guess who loves to hear you talk about your daily routines, what you ate for breakfast or what color socks you are wearing? Your baby, that’s who! In fact, your baby can’t get enough of listening to you talk! Language learning actually began during your third trimester, when your baby heard your voice and became familiar with the sound patterns of your speech. So, as a newborn, your baby is familiar with and focused on your voice, its tone and its cadence. You can stimulate your baby’s oral language abilities by just talking to her…about anything!

Your voice!

Step 1:  Talk to your baby anytime and everywhere.

Step 2: Describe what you are doing, seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting and feeling when you’re in a variety of situations with your baby. Situations can include: diapering, making a meal, changing clothing, taking care of a pet, taking a walk, bath time and driving.

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