What to do with this activity?
If you can, have your baby facing you in the buggy. One study in Scotland has shown that parents using face-to-face buggies were twice as likely to talk to their baby when they were out and about. Parents and babies laughed more often in face-to-face buggies. If your child is not facing you in the buggy, keep talking to your child and take time to let them respond to you, as much as you can.
You can introduce your child to the world by talking to them about everything you see around you as you move. This could be showing them shops, trees, grass, birds, cars or buses. Also, point out sounds that you hear. For example, the wind in the trees, an ambulance siren, or a dog barking.
Tell your child where you are going and what you are doing. When you get home, talk to your baby about where you were and what you saw. That way, going out in the buggy is a great learning experience.
Why am I doing this?
Talking is one of the most important skills your child will learn. It seems to happen naturally, but in fact you have a very important role to play. Your baby will learn to talk by hearing other people talk. The more you talk with your baby and respond to their noises and babbles, the more you help them learn to communicate. This will help them in every aspect of their life.
How can I do more?
Songs and rhymes are especially good for children as the rhythms and repetitive language make it easier for babies to learn language skills. Babies love songs and rhymes, especially hearing the sound of your voice. This is a great way to help your child to talk and listen. Rhymes with actions explain what words mean - "pour me out" in "I'm a little teapot". You can also create sound effects when you are singing songs and saying rhymes. Use your hands to clap, your fingers to click and your mouth to make playful sounds and whistles.
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