Listening and responding to your baby’s babbling can make them smarter

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Responding to your babies' babbling accelerates their learning

Your baby’s babbling may be nonsensical now, but listening and responding to their goo-goos and ga-gas can make a world of a difference when it comes to their development.

According to a study by the University of Iowa and Indiana University, parents who act like they understand their baby’s babbling strengthens their communication skills.

“It’s how a mother responds that matters”

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By listening and responding to your baby’s babbling, you let your child know that they are able to communicate, spurring them on to learn language more quickly.

“It’s not that we found responsiveness matters,” study author Julie Gros-Louis said in an official statement. “It’s how a mother responds that matters.”

Read more about the study on the next page.

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