This morning while at my local supermarket, I found myself intrigued by a mother and her infant. The infant was in its car seat fastened to the shopping cart. The car seat was propped up so the infant could see his mother. What drew my attention was that this mother was singing to her baby. As I inched my way closer I realized she was making up little verses about the items she placed in the cart. My favorite I heard was “we have the biscuits, we have the biscuits, and now all we need is the gravy, yummy yum yum, yummy yum yum”. I wondered if she know how much she was contributing to her baby’s language and communication development.
Language and communication development in infancy is important for emotional experiences, expressing needs, and relationships building. It also builds the framework for reading, writing, and communicating as the infant grows. During infancy babies require language, reading, and writing related experiences such as reciting songs and rhymes, finger plays, and reading books.
While observing this mother singing and interacting with her infant it was apparent that the baby was listening, absorbing, and anticipating the mother’s next words. As I was loading my purchases into my car the mother pushed her cart by me still singing.