Your Baby

English / Language Arts

When your baby begins to respond to your voice, there’s no better feeling in the world! And as her little brain develops with astounding speed, you will hear her “baby talk” more frequently and consistently. She follows your lead by offering smiles, coos and shrieks of delight. And she even tries to answer you with her own early sounds. Be sure to encourage her speech by talking with her and mimicking her early sounds and words back to her.

As she continues to grow, she’ll love looking at books and reacting to the music with both her voice and body. Dance party, anyone? She’ll also begin to use common words like “baba” when you hand her a ball. Give her a crayon, and she’ll make the first marks that will eventually lead to writing. She might even try to tell her own story through first babbles, facial expressions and body movements. Listen closely! That story is sure to be one of your favorites.

A new, easy to use online application for child care assistance and state funded pre-k: Early Ed Connect

I Am Aware of My Surroundings.

Your baby recognizes and responds to the most important people in his life. And that, of course, includes you! Watch how he reacts when you walk into a room. Whether it’s with a happy shriek, an ear-to-ear smile or a full-body wiggle, he lets you know how important you are. And when you talk, read or sing to him, he tries his best to participate. What he’s communicating is this: I see you, I hear you, I know you…and whatever you do, I want to do it with you!

Look for signs of learning at your child's care.

“Peek-a-boo, I see you!” Interactions between babies and teachers are important. Little ones watch and listen to adults to learn about communication. Make you’re your baby’s space is filled with lots of positive verbal give and take — and lots of opportunities to learn new words!

I Want to Tell You a Story.

Storytelling is an ancient art, and your baby is ready to participate. Have you noticed how she uses her face to convey her feelings? That toothless grin in response to your smile? The furrowed brows that come right before the tears? She is interested in hearing familiar stories, books and songs. As she grows, she responds when you speak or play them. She is actively engaged with you and her surroundings by listening and sharing her emotions. She is telling you her story.

Look for signs of learning at your child's care.

Watch as a baby pick up a book and head toward a caregiver. They should be happy and confident that their books will be shared. You might see a teacher enjoying songs and rhymes one-on-one or with a few friends. Little ones love rhythms and rhymes and reading — make sure your baby’s classroom has lots of those opportunities!

My Wiggles and Squiggles Have Meaning.

Although your baby isn’t yet ready to write the great American novel, he expresses his early writing skills in various ways. When he makes marks with a crayon, he’s beginning to understand the connection between his actions and their impact on his physical world. Watch him communicate his joy with his face and body when he sees what his tiny hands can produce on paper. A masterpiece, indeed!

Look for signs of learning at your child's care.

“Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?” Do you see tiny baby hands pointing at the brown bear? A good teacher helps her tiniest students recognize words as she says them. Little developing minds are ready to learn!

All children learn and grow at their own pace and in their own way. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.