According to this interesting article, we may be concentrating on the wrong things when we try to improve our babies’ and toddlers’ vocabularies. Scientists found that it wasn’t actually TV that lowered their vocabularies or even how often parents talked to children.
It was how often they talked with them.
It’s the interaction, the listening back, that made the difference for these tots, ages 2 to 24 months. Language skills, speech and vocabulary went up the more the tots were talked with.
Of course, improved language skills or not, everybody likes to be listened to.