Saint Paul Public Library will be closed August 30 - September 1.

Extended hours at Hayden Heights and Merriam Park end August 29.

Talk

Babies and toddlers learn language by listening to their parents and others talk.  They love to hear the sound of your voice and watch your face as you talk.

  • Playfully repeat your baby's babbling sounds or make new sounds while smiling at her. 
  • Wait and see what sounds she makes next and respond to her. Seeing your pleasure makes her excited to babble more.
  • Take your toddler's hand and place it on an object while saying its name.
  • Point out pictures in board books and name what you see.
  • Talk to your child about what you are doing throughout your day.
  • Talk about things your toddler can help with, such as putting away toys or wiping the kitchen table.
  • Read to your baby or toddler often for short periods of time. It's okay if she is moving around while you read.

Stretching Language

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