Babies

Music and the Early Years

Discover the benefits of music for young children in the Is your baby getting enough music? Mini Parenting Master Class. Find musical activities for children in our Tuning Into Music: Listen! Make! Move! resources. Family literacy programs can borrow the Family Literacy Kit: Music with picture books, activity books and musical instruments from the Decoda… Read more

Babies and Laughter

Why do babies laugh? To learn more about babies and laughter, read: Meet a scientist with a most delightful job: He studies baby laughter Babies Know the difference between the Laughter of Friends and Strangers The Science of Baby Laughter

Brain-Building Serve and Return

This new how-to video from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child illustrates five steps that parents and other caregivers can use to help build a child’s brain. 5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return is an accompanying parent information sheet. To learn more about the importance of responsive relationships, read Serve and Return.

Let’s Make It! Music for Babies

In our Let’s Make It! Babies activity sheet, we’ve outlined some of the things that parents can ‘make’ with babies – smiles, conversations, games, and traditions. While we focused on the tradition of reading aloud, another popular tradition is singing. Many parents sing to their babies. And, lullabies are a popular bedtime tradition. Did you… Read more

The Point of Babies Pointing

Pointing is a sign that babies have developed some social and communication skills. To learn more about why pointing is an important activity for babies, read: Baby Pointing: Such a Crucial Language Development Milestone The Importance of Pointing Make a Point of It Pointing can boost toddlers’ language skills, say researchers What’s the Point of… Read more

Don’t Underestimate Babies

The Zero to Three report, The “Missing” First Year, showed how often adults underestimate how much children are affected by their environment. Infants are more aware and more capable than many people believe.  How Babies Think is a recent article that outlines not just how babies think, but also describes some of the reasons that… Read more

Let’s Talk About Math

When you think of math, do you think of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers? The Let’s Talk About Math videos from Zero to Three show the everyday math experiences of young children. And, as a bonus, there is a downloadable activity handout accompanying each video. Everyday Fun with Spatial Awareness Everyday Fun with Shapes Everyday Fun… Read more

Talk With Me Baby

Even though babies can’t talk to you, it’s important to talk to them! The number of loving words that a child hears in the first three years of life makes a difference. For more information and resources on language nutrition for babies, visit the Talk With Me Baby website. A family friendly guide is included…. Read more

The “Missing” First Year

A recent survey by ZERO TO THREE in the United States revealed that while parents are aware of the importance of early experiences for their children’s development, they often underestimate how much babies know, learn and feel during the first few months of life. (Click the image to see the full infographic.) ZERO TO THREE… Read more