Babywearing & Communication Development: What’s the Connection
Closeness: It’s no secret that babies love to be held close. This establishes the opportunity for developing joint attention meaning that since the baby and adult can see the same things, they can engage in a joint activity more easily. It is also much easier for the adult to notice and respond to feeding cues and generally respond to baby’s needs which baby will be able to communicate through crying or facial expressions and noises are the most early forms of initiating communication.
Face to face: Having baby and adult face to face means there are so many opportunities to engage in eye contact and baby is able to see facial expressions given by the adult and therefore spends lots of time watching and learning about non-verbal communication. Communication is actually around 90% non-verbal so this is a really fundamental skill, and babies have all the time in the world for enjoying being face to face. It creates more opportunity for children to hear and learn new words and watch mouth movements during talking or singing that is preparation for future speech development as well. Babies and toddlers develop speech sounds by watching, listening and imitating, and being face to face means they can watch, copy and engage in a verbal or non-verbal exchange much more often.
A Better View: A baby being carried is up high means she becomes involved in all of the adult’s conversations and is there for given increased opportunity for conversation by both the adult carrying them and other people who they can also see up close and enjoy experiencing different voices and facial expressions.
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