What Are a Baby’s Most Common First Words?
Receptive language—words a child understands but doesn’t yet say—typically precedes language production by several months. At 8 months, a little one begins to understand his or her name along with such common words as “bottle,” “mama,” “dada” and “bye-bye.” “No no” and “all gone” typically are understood at about 11 months. By age 1, a child will understand more than 50 words, and that number will continue to grow dramatically month-to-month, even though that child may barely be talking. Meanwhile, the acquisition of expressive language—words a child understands and says—relates to what a child best knows and is interested in—mom and dad, for example.
The Importance of Unstructured Play
Every object is a potential play object. This includes everyday objects around the child, and not necessarily just toys.
Tips to Teach Your Child Patience, Remembering, and Problem Solving
A resilient child thrives in the classroom, tending to have fewer or milder behavioral and emotional problems, greater engagement in school, and stronger academic skills.
Parten’s 6 Stages of Play
Researcher Mildred Parten identified six stages of play that children progress through in their first 5 years of development.
Social-Emotional Milestones to Watch For: Months 7-12
A child’s social-emotional development creates the context in which they develop and exercise all of their other abilities. Discover four critical social-emotional milestones for you to watch for during baby’s first year.
The Importance of Serve and Return: Promoting healthy attachment with your child
Serve-and-return interactions help infants and toddlers encourage neural connections, and improve parent-child bonding. Learn more.
Three Ways to Encourage Gross-Motor Development in Months 4–6
Your little one’s strength and cognitive development have made impressive gains over the first three months. Now, gross-motor milestones are getting more complex, preparing your little one for crawling and getting into a sitting position independently.
Social-Emotional Milestones to Watch For: Months 4-6
A child’s social-emotional development creates the context in which they develop and exercise all of their other abilities. Discover four critical social-emotional milestones for you to watch for during months four to six.
Experiencing Diversity: Food, Language, and Music
Expose your child to diverse cultures in fun, memorable ways with these simple parenting approaches.
Purposeful Reading Strategies for Infants, Toddlers & 2s
Use ParentPal’s Purposeful Reading Strategies to begin developing your child’s language and pre-reading skills from birth.