HEALTHBEAT: Research shows talking to babies early really matters, and long sentences are fine

  • Article by: LAURAN NEERGAARD , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 14, 2014 - 1:43 PM

WASHINGTON — The sooner you start explaining the world to your baby, the better.

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Fed UpFeb. 13, 14 4:05 PM

This is so important for parents to know. For more on this topic, download my article "Talk to your Baby" via Amazon.

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liora51Feb. 13, 14 4:44 PM

One great way to do this is to start reading to your baby and keep on reading even after they can read themselves. I read aloud to my babies when I was finishing my degree--it didn't matter to them that if it was Shakespeare or Chicka Chicka BOOM BOOM. And story tapes are great too! Odds Bodkins was a favorite of my children. Although it kind of through my son's kindergarten teacher for a loop when he quoted Odysseus when frustrated.

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DLBabatzFeb. 13, 14 5:52 PM

When our boys were infants, my wife had very in depth conversations with them, and since they were not yet able to respond verbally, she spoke their part of the conversation as well. All three turned out to be very academically gifted; however; it didn't take too many years before they had their own ideas and did not hesitate to verbally respond on their own. :-)

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toomuchgovFeb. 13, 14 9:28 PM

Pardon me, but isn't this just common sense?

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davehougFeb. 13, 1410:47 PM

Instead of us paying to put kids thru pre-school, how about an instruction sheet telling parents (in their native language) what is expected at each age and how to get there.

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