Can babies learn language from toys? Research tells us, over and over again, NO!
In fact, toys that talk can possibly harm language development because parents talk less when the baby is playing with the noisy toy. Check out this quick NPR clip for an example of how that works.
The best way to for a baby – or an older child – to develop language is to socially interact with other children and adults.
TALK WITH YOUR CHILDREN!
This is how they learn language, social skills, and faith.
Talk to your babies, your toddlers and your preschool age children every chance you get.
Don't stop talking when they have learned language. They will learn new vocabulary and concepts from you.
Keep up those discussions going so your teens will be more likely to come to you to discuss life and faith issues.