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Why baby talk is good for your baby

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Why baby talk is good for your baby

A mother plays with her baby. Early language is spurred by the frequent use of exaggerated language, a study shows. A key indicator is babbling. (ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS) By University of Washington, January 13, 2014 One-on-one baby talk with an infant gives a toddler a bigger vocabulary Study Hall presents recent studies as described by researchers and their institutions. This report is from the . The more parents exaggerate vowels and raise the pitch of their voices when talking to babies, the more the babies babble, new research shows. Common advice to new parents is that the more words babies hear, the faster...

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Reading Books to Babies

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Reading Books to Babies

Jacob loves books. His mom knows this because when she sits down to read to him every night, he waves his arms excitedly. His favorite page of "Goodnight Moon" shows a cow jumping over the moon. He squeals and reaches for the book every time he sees it. When she is done reading, his mom usually lets him hold the sturdy board book, which he promptly sticks into his mouth. Jacob is only 6 months old, but he is already well on his way to becoming a reader.  Why Read to My Baby? You may wonder about the benefits of...

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7 Ways to Enjoy Your Baby's First Year

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7 Ways to Enjoy Your Baby's First Year

A week or so after I had my first baby, my friend Susan stopped by -- just in the nick of time: Will had been crying for what felt like hours and nothing I did helped. Susan, who'd just had her second daughter, calmly scooped up my inconsolable newborn and did a sort of combo side-to-side swaying and up-and-down jostling that magically lulled him out of Waa-Waa Land. I've had three kids since then, and Susan's "mommy jig" has been a lifesaver with every one of them. But I never would have known it if I hadn't let her help...

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