Early Literacy

YOU-mom, dad, or caregiver are baby’s best toy


  • Your voice is their favorite sound.
  • Faces are interesting and comforting.
  • Play games like peek-a-boo or pat-a-cake.
  • Not only is your voice baby’s favorite sound, you are their first teacher!

Giving your baby loving attention helps new brain cells connect in ways that help your baby feel secure. This attention also makes sense of new ideas and information, and helps them grow a healthy body. By interacting with your baby, they are learning what is normal from you. You need to take care of yourself to make sure that your baby sees a happy and healthy role model. When they begin to babble, they like it when people talk back to them; this is a great time to play games with your baby, sing songs, or read simple, sturdy picture books.

To find more information, check out:

HealthyChildren. (2012). How Do Infants Learn? Healthychildren.org. Retrieved from How Do Babies Learn?

HealthyChildren. (2015). Parenting Your Infant. Healthychildren.org. Retrieved from Parenting Your Infant

This and other exclusive tips from the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics are shared via Bloomz, the app connecting parents and educators everywhere. Want to get them on your phone? Invite your child’s teacher, coach or care provider to sign up for a free Bloomz account.

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