Long before our little ones use their first words, they are listening….always listening.
It starts in the womb but let’s not get too hung up on that. When our babies are young, they pick up on routines, familiar voices, and words used frequently. There is your warning about your choice words especially during these times of increased stress (hello quarantine).
Before our children can use words to communicate with us, they need to understand. Use simple language. Using similar words in different activities will also help develop a more robust understanding of the words you use. For example, saying the word “down” when you are bouncing your little one up and down, sliding down a slide, watching your little one drop their toy/spoon/binky on the floor for the 1000th time, pouring water during bath time, tripping over sharp toys (down, down, down)….the point is to simplify the language and diversify the context!