Did you know? 80% of brain development occurs in the first three years of life.
Talking, reading, singing, and playing with your baby sets them up for a lifetime of success.
What does your baby need to grow their brain and develop spoken language?
• Lots of talking.
The more words your baby hears, the better!
• A tuned-in communication partner.
When your baby cries, smiles, and laughs, they are trying to tell you something. Communicate back!
• Your full attention.
So much learning happens when you notice your baby’s interests and respond (“Oh, you see that ball? It’s bouncing.”)
The use of screens—both by you and by your baby—can interrupt your baby’s healthy development.
But today’s parents need devices for many purposes.
Here’s why screen-free time is important:
• Studies have shown that parents speak fewer words when they are using a smartphone.
Find time to put screens away so you can talk about your activities. You will teach your baby so many words!
• Looking down at your device makes it harder to notice your baby’s smiles and sounds, leading to missed opportunities to bond and communicate.
Babies want to see your face!
• Use of screens by babies can delay their speech and language development.
hey may not be talking yet, but they are learning words by interacting with you.
• When babies use screens, it can be harder for them to learn how to soothe themselves.
Giving your fussy baby your phone may help at the moment, but not in the long run.
Your Healthy Technology Environment: Setting Baby Up for Growth
As you prepare your home, use these tips to create an environment that helps your baby thrive:
• Talk with your partner about how you can both be Tech-Wise when spending time with the baby.
• Create technology-free spaces.
• Commit to tech-free times each day—such as meal times, caregiving, and playtimes.
• Turn to your pediatrician, speech-language pathologist, and other trusted experts for guidance about screen-time use.