#60: 5 Simple Ways to Support Language Development

by | Apr 4, 2023 | Child development, Podcast

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast

Mompreneur with Rachel Neill, creator of Figgy

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast


#60: 5 Simple Ways to Support Language Development


You know it’s important to read to your child, but what’s really happening as you read? Probably the most important is the cozy connection that happens when you hold your baby in your lap and look at a book together. But there’s lots more happening in that little brain. They’re hearing new words, looking at the images, noticing what’s familiar and what’s not and listening to your voice inflections, which add interest and engagement but also communicate meaning. In this episode, we look at 5 simple things you can do to increase vocabulary and comprehension as you read aloud to your baby.

We look at ways to support language development for your child as you read to them. I tackle things like how babies interact with books in a variety of ways, depending on their age and development. How their familiarity with books helps to develop their language skills, cognitive abilities, and overall learning. 

Start reading to your baby today to promote their language development, foster a love for books and give them a head start when they start school in a few years.

Topics discussed:
  • How babies interact with books
  • Familiarity with books
  • About giving a preschooler a book to read as part of assessment
  • Characteristics of a good book for infants and toddlers
  • How can you increase language development through reading
  • About receptive and expressive language
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Learn more:

How to make your own toddler books – Nurtured Noggins

How to read books to your baby – Nurtured Noggins

How to Choose Books for Your Baby – Nurtured Noggins

Children’s Books About Death – Nurtured Noggins



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