My baby likes to chew on books. Is this normal?

It's very natural for a baby to put a book in their mouth. It's their way to learn and explore! You may want to provide a safe book for your baby to chew while you read with them from another book. If you pull the book away and say, "No!" the baby might think that books are not good. If you don't want your baby to chew on a book, re-direct them with a song, a tickle, or a finger rhyme.

 

Does screen time help my baby learn?

Children learn language best through face-to-face communication and interacting with real people. The Zero to Three organizations suggests the following tips for screen use under age 3:

  • Limit viewing time to ensure lots of time for interactive play and exploration of the real, 3-D world.
  • Participate in the screen experience and make it a languagerich, interactive activity.
  • Limit background TV.
  • Avoid screen media in children's bedrooms.

 If you choose to use screen-based technology with your child, talk about what you see on screen and make sure that the content and context are appropriate for your child.

 

Can my baby learn two languages at once?

Children can learn more than one language at once. Learning more than one language develops different parts of our brain. Research suggests that speaking more than one language can help  with switching attention from one task to another and it may actually hold off the effects of dementia later in life.

A child needs to be exposed to a language at least 30% of the time become fluent in it. If your child is learning two or more languages at once, it may be helpful to use a specific language with a specific person or in a specific location. For example, you may want to use Spanish at home and English at child care.