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Language Development: Baby

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How to teach your baby to learn and love language and conversation
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From cooing to cruising, we've got it covered in our month-by-month guide to your tot's physical, emotional and intellectual development
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Choosing a sippy cup that won't interfere with your baby's speech development
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Communicating with your baby using your index finger
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Why your baby likes board books so much and how to buy the best ones
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Why verbs are often difficult for babies to master
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Some benefits of speaking in that high-pitched, exaggerated tone
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What the research really says about gender and babies.
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Why listening to your voice lays the groundwork for your infant to understand nonspeech, like music and animal sounds
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The sounds your baby makes may sound random, but they probably mean something
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Kathryn Deane of Berlin, CT, wanted "dada" to be her daughter's first word so Julia would cry for him in the morning, not her. But when Julia began...
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Learn more about what leads up to that exciting moment.
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No matter how hard you try to teach your baby the names for things you think he should learn ("This is a book! BOOK!"), he's far likelier to attach...
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During his first haircut, my son Nathan began screaming "Die! Die! Die!" at the kindly barber. While my 15-month-old may have, at some level, wished...
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"Duck!" This was Page's favorite word at 12 months. It meant "waddling, quacking bird," of course, but also "cow," "dog," "cat," "horse," or any...
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There are certain moments of my first years as a mom that stand out with freeze-frame clarity. Like the time my then lumpish 2-month-old, Henry,...
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When my daughter was born, I was convinced she was a genius. Even as a tiny infant, she seemed to really listen to what I was saying, and by a year...
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From the instant your baby bursts into the delivery room  -- and into your life  -- questions start popping. Who does she look...