A promising future?

Parents want to do the best for their young children. With so much information, toys, and other learning tools available for babies, it can be hard to figure out what really is worth investing in to support their learning and give them an extra edge early on.

There are two surprisingly simple ways to give your baby a head start: 

1. Knowing about babies and their amazing learning abilities.

2. Having lots of conversations, starting from birth.

Parents’ knowledge matters.

How much parents know about the learning abilities of babies likely affects how they engage with them. A Seattle study showed just that. Mothers who believed their baby was ready to learn right away had two-year-olds who were more advanced than those of mothers who thought their babies were not ready to learn much yet when born. Knowing more about what babies can do early on encourages parents and caregivers to engage more and provide richer learning experiences.

Loving, meaningful conversations from early on matter.

Infants and toddlers who grow up in language-rich homes with a lot of conversations and feedback around them from early on, learn to understand and talk faster. That makes sense and seems obvious because more conversations give young children more opportunities to learn from.

Why is building language skills sooner rather than later important, you may wonder?

Because being good in understanding and saying words, helps children to learn new words more quickly, which gives them more knowledge early on and results in many meaningful advantages down the road: From better language and thinking skills, to emotional and social benefits. Having someone who talks not just a lot but also in a way that engages and interests the baby is important from the early months on.

Every baby is different, and many factors affect how a baby learns and grows. How much parents and caregivers know about the babies’ development and how they talk and engage with them from birth makes a difference.