We use our words to express our feelings, our needs and to converse with others. The words we say to young children are extremely important. Before birth, infants are hearing and learning words that the immediate family is speaking. Within the first few months of life, children decipher the sounds that belong to the language of their birth. A baby can learn any language that is spoken to him/her from birth, it is the language spoken most that becomes most important.
This New York Times article titled, “Quality of Words, Not Quantity“, Dr. Hirsh-Pasek says that it is not just shoving words in it is about having fluid conversations around shared rituals and objects, like a pretend tea party or using a banana as a phone.