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Year One – Post 19 | Narrating a Baby’s Day

Narrating your baby’s day is an important activity to help the baby pair words with objects or activities.  Words are abstract concepts and babies learn through the use of their five senses (see, hear, taste, smell and touch) in order to give meaning and a connection to what words they hear.

Research conducted by Betsy Hart and Todd Risley in The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3, concluded that the more language and positive interaction the child heard in the home, showed a direct correlation with the child’s academic success by the third grade.  Babies need repetition of sounds and words in order to develop a sound repertoire.  Research has alluded to the fact that a baby needs to hear a sound 800 times before they are able to recognize and discriminate the differences between other sounds. Think of it as if your child has a library of sounds.  The child hears sounds and gives each sound meaning and categorizes it by hearing the slight differences in the sounds.  If you say “sit” to a child, it is very different than “hit, “bit” and it takes a lot of repetition until the baby produces the required action—“sitting.”  This is why rhyming is such a beneficial way for babies to sort out the differences and gives each sound meaning.

So be sure to narrate with your child and tell her what you see, what you hear, what you touch, what you smell and what you taste.  My favorite time to narrate is during meal and bath time when you can have fun with rhyming words!  Happy talking!


–          Kathryn Thorson Gruhn, MA CCC-SLP, author of My Baby Compass series

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