-- A --
Adjusting to a New Baby
American Sign Language
Auditory Oral/Auditory Verbal
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
-- B --
Bottle Feeding
Brain Development
Breast Feeding
Burns, Prevention of
-- C --
Calming Your Baby
Car Seat Safety
Child and Teen Checkups (C & TC)
Child Care
Child Find (Concerns About Your Baby)
Cochlear implants
Comforting Your Baby
Community Resources
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
Crib Safety
Cued Speech
-- D --
Development of Your Baby
Discipline and Babies
-- E --
Ear infections and early learning
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
Early Childhood Special Education
Early Head Start
Expectations for hearing aid usage
-- F --
Fall prevention
Family Stress
Follow Along Program
-- G --
Grief (see Pregnancy and Newborn Loss)
-- H --
Hearing (see Newborn Hearing Screening)
Hearing aids
Hearing loss and early brain development
Hearing loss: your child and school
-- I --
Infant Self-Regulation
Interagency Early Intervention Committees (IEICs)
-- L --
Language Development
Lead Poisoning
Learning loss: parent support for learning language
-- M --
Maternal Depression
Mild hearing loss
Military Families
Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs (MCSHN)
Multiple Intelligences
-- N --
Never leave a child alone in a vehicle
Newborn Hearing Screening
Newborn Screening
Noise and Children's Hearing
Nurturing Your Baby
-- O --
Oral Health
Overview of communication choices
-- P --
Parent and Child Relationships
Parenting Education Classes
Permanent hearing loss
Poisoning, Preventing
Preemies and parenting issues
Preemies and their development
Preemies and their health
Pregnancy and Newborn Loss, Understanding Your Grief
Preterm Babies (Premies)
-- R --
Reading Aloud (Reading to Your Baby)
Reading Your Baby’s Clues
Responsive Parenting
Returning to Work/School
Routines/Schedules for Babies
-- S --
Second Hand Smoke
Selecting Toys
Shaken Baby Syndrome
Social Emotional Development of the Older Infant
Social Emotional Development of the Young Infant
Stranger Awareness/Anxiety
Stress and Your Baby
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
-- T --
Talking to Your Baby
Television and Babies
Toy Safety
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Tummy Time
-- U --
Unilateral hearing loss
-- W --
Webinars for Parents (library)

Talking to Your Baby

Your baby begins communicating with you without using words, through facial expression, body language and crying. As you respond to your baby's signals, talk with your baby about what she may be feeling or needing from you. When you pay attention to your baby when she is fussy, it teaches her that she can communicate to get her needs met. Babies who learn they can communicate their needs effectively will be encouraged to learn more.


Whether an infant breast-feeds or bottle-feeds, he takes in the world through tasting the milk, smelling his mother's familiar smell, seeing her face, hearing her voice and feeling his body enclosed by hers. Your newborn may need to be fed every two hours or more often, thus providing many opportunities to hold, speak to and interact with him. Research has shown this adult-child interaction promotes language development.


Most infants and toddlers enjoy listening to music. The type of music is not necessarily as important as exposure to a variety of music including lullabies or silly tunes sung by their loved ones.


Babies, whose parents talk to them, learn to talk at an earlier age. They also learn more words. This is true even though different babies learn to understand and say words in different ways.


Speak more slowly to your baby than you would to an adult. Say some words more softly and others in an excited way. Use a slightly higher pitch-sometimes called "parentese." It gets your baby's attention because he knows you are talking just to him.


When you talk to your baby, use just a few words or short sentences that you say over and over again. Call her name. Say things that make her smile and laugh. Your baby will enjoy listening to you, and later on, she will enjoy talking to you.


(Adapted in part from Healthy Start, Grow Smart from the U.S. Department of Education)

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