Wednesday, March 5, 2014

New Series: Communicating with Words

It's hard to believe it's been nearly 5 years since our first blog post! As we approach our anniversary, we've been looking through old posts, brainstorming ideas for new topics, and planning some exciting changes to our site (more on that later...). We've noticed that we've had only a few sporadic posts on language development, so starting soon we'll have a series of posts all about how babies learn to communicate using words. We have some ideas already, but we want to hear from you. What questions do you have about language development? Send us a comment with your questions or topic ideas and we'll work to put together a series that best meets our readers' needs! And, in the meantime,  you can use the following links to access previous posts on the subject!


  1. Do animal sounds count as words for a 1 year old? any evidence of using signs increasing or decreasing language development? does listening to music help or hurt the language development of a 1 year old?

  2. There seems to be a very broad spectrum of time in which babies begin talking, and people make a pretty big deal about this. My early-talking baby is called a "genius" while other mothers worry about their late-bloomers. I have a feeling that time to talking doesn't really make that much of a difference. I mean, a matter of months may seem like forever in baby time, but in the context of a lifespan it's pretty minimal. What's the evidence here? Why do some babies talk sooner than others, and can we all calm down about their differences?

  3. Hi! I have a soon to-be-10 month old and have been think a lot bout babies lerning multiple languages. I am Swedish and speak mostly swedish to our son, and his father is Scottish and therefor speaks mostly english to him. What studies have been made about multilingual babies and their speach development? is it preferable to use the same words for for example "no" "mummy" and "daddy, or should you always stick to your language? thanks for a great blog, it was a life saver during the sleepsless nights in the beginning. /Sofie from Sweden