If you have found yourself talking to your baby in a higher-pitched, sing-song voice, that’s actually a great thing! We call this “parentese” and for babies from birth to about 9 months, this is a way to slow down language so they can listen longer and hear more words. At any age, you can explain words, even though it might seem like baby doesn’t understand, they are processing what you say. The more times they hear words, the easier it is to understand and say those words.
Month: March 2018
Notes from Story Time Blog
Did you know there are many picture books in the Youth collection that feature familiar rhymes and songs that you can sing as you read? Think of a favorite one and ask for it at the Youth Services desk! We may have it available. Youth staff can also recommend other great titles for you to take home and enjoy together.
It’s easy to make reading with your child a positive and enjoyable experience; just follow your child’s lead! While it’s a good idea to add reading together as part of a daily routine, remember that it’s always okay to put a book down and come back to it later if your child does not seem to enjoy reading at that moment.
By reading Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do with your child and pointing to some of the key words and pictures, you can demonstrate how the pictures correlate with the words. The final page asks a question which will generate dialogue with children.