Hey guys. Today I want to talk to y'all about the power of speaking to your babies. It's something that is so simple, but has such a crazy impact on their little lives.
I remember when Jaxen was a few months old, and people would visit, or when I would take him out, people would look at me like I had three heads because I was constantly speaking to Jaxen. If his eyes landed on something for more than a few seconds I would talk to him about what he saw until he wasn't interested anymore.
People have even gone as far as to laugh and mock me for labeling almost everything, simply because they did not know or understand the power in doing this.
I can't say that I would know the importance of speaking to Jaxen if it wasn't for my background in Early childhood education. I will say that I am fortunate to understand the importance of speaking to an infant/toddler, enough to do it even when it seems silly.
According to webMD "Your babies young brain is soaking up the sounds, tones, and language she'll use to say her first words. You play a big role. Children who have parents who talk to them often tend to form stronger language and conversational skills than kids who don't."
You hear a lot of dos and don'ts especially in this day and age when it comes to raising your kids. Don't feed them this, don't let them drink that, it can be hard to differentiate between what is true and what is unnecessary -but I can vouch for the importance of this simple action.
I do not say this is a boastful way AT ALL, but I am amazed daily at how much language Jaxen has. People can not believe how old he is when they see him speaking, identifying letters, and calling people by their names at only 14 months.
I truly believe that this is only possible because of the knowledge I was blessed to receive about the importance of constantly speaking to your child.
I know that as parents we have a lot on our plates. But this doesn't require much of you! Here are a few easy examples of how you can incorporate this into your everyday task!
1. While you're on a walk.
Jaxen has developed so much language while we are simply walking. Pointing to the flowers, birds, trees, grass, and butterflies and labeling them can be a lot of fun for your little one!
2. While you're cooking/ cleaning
Showing your baby and labeling everyday objects such as spoons, cups, bowls, and the broom is a great way to get some language going.
3. Reading !
As much as Jaxen loves Sesame Street, he will choose a book over tv any day. A LOT of his language such as animals comes from me reading to him. I sometimes hide his basket of books bc he can and will sit for story time from morning to night.
It is NEVER too late to start being intentional about speaking to your baby/toddler. What are some ways you incorporate language into your everyday routine?
Thanks for reading!