What to do with this activity?
Every family is different. Children benefit from many different styles of parenting, whether that comes from a mum or dad, aunts and uncles, grandparents, or family friends.
Here's a lovely video from Best Beginnings UK of a Dad communicating with his young baby. It's so important to communicate with young babies. It helps the adult and baby bond.
Have a look at this video and article from RTE on taking on the role of Dad. Often Dads or other male adults enjoy more physical play with children, with a bit of rough and tumble, and a lot of laughs. Kids usually love it, and we know that it's good for child and adult.
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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