Did you know that you can help a baby’s brain develop just by talking?
In fact, research suggests that the more words and concepts a baby is exposed to (even when they are just a newborn!), the better their brain will develop, and the better they will do in reading and cognitive tests as they grow up.
The key messages of the Talk to Your Baby campaign are:
A baby’s brain triples in size during the first three years of life. So every little thing we do during that time plays an important part in that child’s development.
Look for every opportunity to talk, read and sing with your baby. Be expressive, be loving, and talk about everything around you so that your child is exposed to as many different conversations as possible.
Talking to babies does not come naturally to everyone, and most people will need some encouragement and ideas. Families and carers may never have been told how important it is to talk with very young children, they may not have been raised that way, or they may have other things on their minds.
We can all play our part by talking to babies and young children, and by reminding parents how important this is, and giving them ideas and tips to get them into the habit.
Lots of talk from loving adults also builds healthy relationships, social skills, and attachment and we know that that can help build resilience in a child.