Talking to babies. A key to brain growth.

Communication starts at birth.

My eldest is about to finish high school. I can still recall the moment he was born. This is possibly because the midwife had just said he would be born the next day and I distinctly recall thinking ‘absolutely no way is this going into tomorrow’ and he was born at 11:50pm. Although it may have been the life changing experience of actually having him that makes the recall so very clear!

Even though I knew communication began at birth having him bought it home so strongly.

Communication is not just words but eye contact, turn taking, connection, and shared moments.

Those moments when you look at your baby and smile and they smile back.
Or they make a noise and you copy it back to them.
They do something with their hands and arms and you copy that action.

These moments are connection and conversation.

Research has shown us that brain growth across the first 3 years is the most rapid of any age.
At birth a baby’s brain weighs about 380g.
At 3 years of age it is 1270g.
At adolescence it is 1450g.

We also know that turn taking which researchers call ‘serve and return’ is critical to that growth.

Responding to your babies’ communication is important to their brain growth.

It is fairly instinctual though as we are wired to connect and as such we respond to our baby’s interactions. Know each time you do this you are supporting their brain development (pretty cool I think).

So copy their sounds.
Copy their actions.
You will find they will copy yours.
Add words for the things they are looking at or feeling.
You don’t need anything special or different. Just you and them.

Enjoy these early communication moments.

If you have a young child and finding yourself a little unsure how their communication is developing then I have an ebook (Is this normal? Typical milestones for speech development from birth to four years) that could be useful. You will find it here.