Communications At Every Age

babytalkGood Communication is fundamental to the health of any relationship – and it is definitely true as you embark on your journey as a parent communicating with your child during pregnancy.

Here are some tips for communicating through the ages:
In Utero – Don’t skip this one!  While still in Utero your baby hears and absorbs all the sounds and voices around them.  This is a great time for them to get to know the voices of both Mom and Dad: read to them, play them music, strum the guitar etc.  Dads – talk to the bump!  Your baby will recognize you all the better once they are born.

Infants – Your baby will be curious about noises, but none more so than the spoken voice. Talk to your baby whenever you have the chance (narrate what you are doing if you have run out of things to say…..). Even though your baby doesn’t seem to understand what you are saying, your calm, reassuring voice conveys safety.
Communicating with newborns is a matter of meeting their needs. Always respond to your newborn’s cries – babies cannot be spoiled with too much verbal attention. Indeed, prompt responses to babies’ cries lets them know that they’re important and worthy of attention.

Babies – Introduce Baby Sign Language.  This gives children the opportunity to communicate long before they can verbalize their wants and needs and the confidence that they are understood.  Research studies show that signing with babies accelerates language acquisition, reduces frustration, enhances a child’s self esteem, and  deepens the bond between parent and child.  Take one of our intro classes or play series to learn more.

Toddlers – This time of development is huge in terms of speech and language development. It can also be a challenging time, however, because often times toddlers understand much more than they can say and therefore they can become frustrated sometimes…which can lead to tantrums and tears. It is challenging for them and even more challenging to us as parents – the way we respond to them can make a huge difference in how their behavior and emotional intelligence take shape.  Learn how to respond in “real time” with our Toddler play and learn series.