Why Talking to Your Baby Is Important

If you want to make language learning easier, talking to your baby every day and building their confidence is crucial. Keep reading.
Why Talking to Your Baby Is Important

Last update: 18 May, 2023

Many parents have the misconception that because their children are still babies and can’t express themselves, they don’t understand the things they’re told. But talking to your baby, describing the world around them, and expressing all our love through words is of great benefit to their emotional intelligence and future language development. Keep reading to discover why you should talk to your baby.

The fact that babies don’t yet have the ability to express themselves through words doesn’t mean that they don’t understand everything that’s hidden behind a particular intonation or gesture. That’s why it’s highly recommended that every day, you communicate with your children and familiarize them with concepts that are part of their daily lives.

Talking to your baby is a crucial part of strengthening your bond

One of the best pieces of advice anyone could give to a new parent is the words “talk to your baby”. This may seem obvious at first glance, but many new moms and dads find themselves confused about what to say when talking to their babies.

A baby talking.
The first sounds and onomatopoeias usually occur as early as the first year of age, although some children may take longer.

They wonder what their child understands and how they can teach them new words and sentences. Babies are young and haven’t yet mastered language and communication. However, they have abilities beyond imagination, and it’s up to us as parents to help them learn and grow. By teaching them through basic words the reality around them.

When a baby’s born, their hearing, vision, taste, and touch are limited. And parents should keep this in mind when teaching words and sentences to their babies. So, they should only speak or sing words that their little ones can understand. This will help them learn about their world and understand what they hear and see. It will also allow them to develop emotionally by feeling understood by their parents.

When you talk to your baby, look them in the eye

Babies learn by interacting with the world around them. This includes touch, smell, and taste. They understand better when you play with them and give them positive responses. You can do this by touching your baby every day, especially on the face, hands, back, feet, and mouth. And very importantly, talk to them in their eyes when you address them.

A mother talking with her baby.
Cultivating confidence in children is crucial in order to encourage them to imitate the sounds their parents say to them every day.

In this way, your baby will learn to associate your touch and words with love and security. In addition, talking to your child on a regular basis will help them identify the sounds they like and dislike so they can develop their own vocabulary. Your baby will also learn what pleases you by watching you interact with the environment. In order to then imitate these actions with you.

The idea is to make the little ones gain confidence in themselves so that one day, they’ll be encouraged to utter their first words. And even if at first they’re unintelligible and don’t make much sense, you should encourage them and congratulate them so that they improve over time. So, enjoy this stage to the fullest, because soon you’ll be able to communicate more fluently with your children.

Talking to babies every day promotes their language acquisition

Learning is built on a foundation of trust, both between people and in the environment itself. At first, it’s difficult for a baby to trust people when they don’t yet understand them. However, once they learn to filter interactions through automatic cognitive processes (such as reasoning or emotions), that trust creates solid habits in their brain. This is essential for language acquisition.

The bond between parent and child is especially strong in this case, as it’s based on shared reasoning between two unique individuals. This way, talking to your baby helps establish a foundation of trust that will last a lifetime. So, try to speak to them with love and affection so they get used to it and gain new vocabulary.

Babies are smart, but we have to make an effort to teach them words and sentences. Doing so helps them understand what they hear and see, which is crucial for their development as adult human beings. Regular interaction with your child helps them learn words and sentences that make them happy!

Talking to your baby every day is essential

Although during the first years, we parents are the ones who take the reins of the monologue we have with our little ones, and those stimuli through words allow them to collect information so they can communicate in the future. So, remember that it’s important to talk to your baby every day.

Even if you think they’re still too young to understand you, the truth is that children have the ability to decipher the mood of their parents only through their intonation and gestures. So, try to stimulate them with lullabies, stories, and other educational tools to help them gain the confidence to attempt their first words.

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