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One thing you will notice when you have infants in your care is that you get in the habit of narrating everything you do. This is a great thing. Infants are absorbing everything that is being said to them. For example:

  • Explain every step you are doing while changing an infant's diaper
  • Say out loud what you're doing to prepare a baby's food or bottle
  • List the items you are cleaning up as your put the toys away before nap time and explain why you are cleaning up

It can feel funny to have one-sided conversations with tiny humans that can't say words back, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't do it. Your infants are listening and picking up on the words and sounds that you are making.

What We're Learning:

  • social / emotional (smiling at people, likes to look at self in a mirror)
  • language / communication (turning head towards sounds, cooing, responding to sounds by making sounds, babbling)
  • cognitive (looking around at things nearby, showing curiosity about things that are out of reach, following simple directions)