We’ve updated one of our most popular videos, “Parents are Baby’s First Teachers” removing the image of a newborn with a soother as current research suggests it is best for babies to be confident at feeding before using a soother.
We have also removed the image of the dad on the couch with his young baby on him as it looked like the dad might be sleeping. Too many babies have died when a parent was resting, stretched out on a couch and fell asleep while holding their baby on them.
Here’s what you’ll learn in this video (which features Dr. Carolyn Steinberg, Dr. Thomas Boyce, Dr. Janet Werker, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Dr. Andrew Macnab):
Communication between Babies and Caregivers Starts at the Beginning of Life
Birth is an enormous transition for your baby. During their time in the womb, all of baby’s needs are met, without asking. Once babies are born, they must communicate and express their needs in order to have them met by their caregivers.
What can you do to Prepare Your Baby for Language Development?
Babies have heard language since before they were born and they are ready to learn. In the presence of language, babies explore their world in more detail. Talk to babies and mimic their sounds. Take turns in conversation and practice serve-and-return. Sing and read to babies. Parents are role models, and even parents who cannot read can share books with their babies to encourage a love of reading that will last throughout life.