To all mothers expecting a baby soon, don’t stop talking to the baby in your belly. Research has found that even when she is still slumbering in your womb, your little one is already learning about language and speech.
How babies learn your language
By instinct, women know that talking to their unborn baby is a good thing. In fact, newborns can recognise the voices they heard during their last trimester in the womb and preferred the voice of their mom over a stranger’s voice. Yes, from the sound of your voice, your baby knows you are her mother from the moment she is born.
Not only that, babies also prefer the language that they heard you use while in the womb, considering other languages as foreign sounding.
Now, a recent study shows that babies are already picking up subtle but fundamental points about the language they heard in the utero, a skill previously thought to develop around the first year of life.
Believe it or not, babies, both unborn and new born, really love it when you talk to them and interact with them socially. Although they may not comprehend what they heard, they are storing up useful knowledge whenever they hear speech.
How do I talk to my baby?
The opportunity to talk to your baby any time is endless. The simple daily activities that you do together already make great conversation. When you’re bathing your baby, for example, point and name her body parts.
Talk and describe what you’re doing, like shampooing her hair or pouring water on her belly. Whenever you’re outside together, point and names things as you pass them. At home, picture books allow for a great story and chat time, too. You can also sing nursery rhymes and recite silly poems.
Make sure you maintain eye contact while you talk to your little one as well. Babies a little older will be able to react to your words using body language or babbles. Respond back to encourage her more. Try to avoid too much screen exposure as well. Yes, it might seem like a good way to expose your child to a wider vocabulary, but then your child misses out on crucial social interaction.
It is not advisable to expose a child below 3 years old to TV shows, gadgets, and video games. Many hyperactive children nowadays who are speech delayed and with poor social and fine motor skills because of too much exposure to TV and gadgets.