How do Babies Learn Language


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Learn How You Can Encourage Communication

Your family is a learning environment for your baby, who is learning about language even before birth. Babies listen, even while they are sleeping. Babies “talk” or ”signal” with their cries, gurgles and body language.

Nurturing Relationships and Language Development

Interaction, such as singing, cuddling and repeating baby’s sounds, helps your baby grow and learn to trust, focus and engage. Babies learn best in a quiet alert state. Children from all socioeconomic walks of life benefit from the learning that begins in the home from a nurturing family.


Dr. Janet Werker, Dr. Thomas Boyce, Dr. Nils Bergman, Dr. Carolyn Steinberg