Babies and toddlers are like little sponges. During this short window of development, your youngster is enthusiastically soaking up your expressions and delighting in the lilting, loving words springing from your lips. No screen could ever hope to compete with the face-to-face connection between you and your baby. But that doesn’t mean that screens have no place in your child’s development.
Here are a few healthy ways that you can use technology to your advantage as your baby begins to connect with the world around her.
- Scroll through photos of your child and other family members. Point everyone out with their name.
- When looking at photos, point out noses, eyes, ears, etc.
- Use Skype or FaceTime to interact with grandparents, cousins and other relatives or friends. This is a great way to build conversation skills and help your child form relationships with distant family members.
- View educational videos together. Point out facial expressions, notice emotions and practice new words together.
- Notice what interests your child as she enters toddlerhood and preschool. For example, if your child loves watching videos about puppies, pick up books at the library about dogs and puppies to read together.
What are ways you use technology to spend time with your youngsters to help them develop social and language skills?