Optimal tone and inflection for babies to hear

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Optimal tone and inflection for babies to hear

We talk to babies, it is very important to consider the quote by Dr. Seuss that says, "A person is a person, no matter how small." With this quote, it gives us an invitation to really consider a baby as a human being. Not just because of his size, but because of the person that he is. I heard somebody once say, "Why treat your baby as your guest of honor?" If you have that idea, I think, you will be able to relate to him in a very different way. When you talk to your baby, it's very important that you know that you are introducing him to a language. You are bathing him in a language. He is creating a lot of connections in his brain because of that language, that interaction with you. You want to make sure that the language is the language that you want him to learn. This is how I talk to my baby. "Yes, I see you. You are looking at me. You are really looking at me. You are looking at my hair? Yes, it's down. You are used to seeing me with my hair up. You are looking there? There are a lot of lights up there. Is that bothering your eyes? I can see you squinting." That's the way I talk to my baby and why I recommend that you talk to your baby in the way that you would talk to another person.

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Elsa Chahin

Mom and Infant & Toddler Consultant

Elsa Chahin was born in Mexico City and grew up in both the United States and Mexico, feeling at home with both cultures. She is a RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Associate, and PITC (Program for Infant Toddler Care) Trainer, working with professionals and parents of babies zero to three. She is a UCLA Certified Lactation Educator; as a Certified Interpreter-Translator, she collaborated in the translation into Spanish of Magda Gerber’s book Your Self Confident Baby and translated and narrated Magda Gerber’s videos “See How They Move“ and “Seeing Infant With New Eyes”, and the audio guide for caregivers.  Elsa is a Certified Teacher of English as a Second Language, passing her Proficiency in English exams at Cambridge and Oxford Universities.  She studied In Budapest, Hungary under the tutelage of Anna Tardos, Dr. Emmi Pikler’s daughter. She has authored several articles and speaks nationally and internationally on the topic of caring for babies with respect.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Pikler/Loczy Fund USA. Before embarking in her career in infant development, she was a professional ballerina who continues to teach dance to little ones. Above of all, she is a joyous mom!

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