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 Turning down the ambient noise in your home can help your young children learn language better! Check out the latest research in this media link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/07/21/486799292/turning-down-the-background-noise-could-help-toddlers-learn 

All about babies....


  • ... most babies are aware of their mother's voice before they are born.
  • ...crying is reflexive and tells us an infant's early needs - for example, when they are tired, hungry or are in pain. Around 1 month, infants will begin to coo and goo!
  • ...around 7-10 months, infants begin to replace their "mushy" babbling sounds with clearer sounding babbling. They will begin to saying things like ba-ba-ba-ba and ma-ma-ma-ma.
  • ...around 11-12 months, infants will begin to babble in "gibberish" and they will sound more like they are talking!!!
    • At the same time, they are crawling and may even begin to walk.
    • Also during this time, they become intentional in their communication. This means that for the very first time, they really understand that when they babble they are communicating. They will likely begin to use gestures like pointing or waving bye-bye  at this time, too.
  • ...babies usually learn their first words between 12 and 15 months.
  • ...babies usually learn their first 50 words between 12 and 24 months.
  • ...babies have a sudden interest in words, also known as a vocabulary explosion, around 18 months.
  • ...babies usually begin combining 2 words together sometime after the vocabulary explosion (around 24  months).
  • ...by 24 months many toddlers have 200-300 words in their expressive vocabularies!

The right toys matter...

 When playing with electronic toys:

  • parents used fewer words with their children
  • parents used fewer conversational turns
  • parents responded less
  • children produced fewer babbles/words

When playing with traditional toys:

  • parents used more words with their children
  • parents used more conversational turns
  • parents responded more to their children
  • children produced more babbles/words

Suggested toys for optimal language development:

  • Constructive play: blocks, nesting cups, stacking rings, cars, balls, mega blocks, Legos, puzzles, etc.
  • Symbolic play: dolls, stuffed animals, food, dress up, and other pretend play items.
  • Books

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