Erica Martin, M.D.
When children are young, their brains grow and develop at incredible rates. By the time they are 1 year old, they will have learned all of the sounds that they need to develop language skills and vocabulary in their native language.It may feel a little strange talking to a baby who doesn’t know how to express what he or she is thinking, but your child is absorbing every sound, word and facial expression you make.
Though radio, TV and recordings are forms of verbal communication, these outlets are not substitutes for talking to your child. They do not allow an opportunity for dialogue and emotional exchange.
When you first begin reading, your baby will not understand or express interest in the concepts of books. However, reading is an easy way for you to work on communication skills and bond with your child.