You may have noticed that story times feature a lot of songs, especially those for babies and toddlers. Do librarians just love singing? Yes, but we also love what singing does for a baby's brain. Singing engages the entire brain, involving hearing, vision, language and emotion. Unlike playing a CD, singing with your baby is interactive, reinforcing the idea that it's fun to socialize with others.
Talking with your baby does the same thing. Give your baby a chance to talk and then respond. You'll see that they answer enthusiastically! This early singing and talking is the building blocks for language learning and reading later on. Baby Rosalie shows us how it's done.