The Birth of a Book Habit
- Encourage your baby's coos, growls, and gurgles. Babbling is your baby's way of communicating with you, and an important first step toward speech and language development. Encourage attempts to mimic you. The more your baby practices making sounds, the clearer they will become. Go ahead and moo, woof and honk!
- Talk with your baby — all day long. Describe the weather or which apples you are choosing at the grocery. Talk about the pictures in a book or things you see on a walk. Ask questions. By listening, your child learns words, ideas, and how language works.