Why Talking Matters

Photo of a dad with his baby

During the first three years of life, your baby's brain grows faster than at any other time.

  • The cells in the brain (called neurons) and the connections between cells (called synapses) are forming rapidly.
  • How the brain develops during these early years will affect a child's ability to learn later in life.

Talking, reading and singing to your baby are important for brain growth and future success.

  • Hearing lots of words – including lots of unique words – early in life encourages your baby's neurons and synapses to grow.
  • Babies and toddlers who are exposed to lots of words develop larger vocabularies and do better in school than children who hear fewer words.

Learn more about brain development.