‘Language nutrition’ vital for babies

Talking to babies improves their brain development. The New Scientist reported this week that the “art of baby talk” was gaining popularity in US health policy, sending out a strong message that “language nutrition” – many and varied words supplied at a critical time – improves how a child’s brain develops.

Studies have confirmed this for more than two decades, but early childhood development has taken a long time to make its way onto government agendas.

“We’ve realised the need to simplify the message: the brain needs ‘food’ like the body needs food for best development,” said Sonja Giese, founding director of the Innovation Edge, a fund aimed at transforming early learning access and quality.


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