Quick answer: do you often speak to your baby? And, during these conversations, do you speak in a more infantilized, caring way with a “cute” tone? You’re doing it right! According to research conducted by a team at Princeton University, this is a positive attitude as it transmits affection, love and, especially, safety. There’s more: it also incentivizes the child’s neurological development as well as their vocabulary.

It’s important to know that babies create the basis of their vocabulary from repeated sounds. They are best stimulated by words such as “mama” and “papa”, even if they might not fully comprehend what’s being said. As your child grows, however, you should slowly decrease the usage of this tactic so the child can work and acquire their linguistic aptitude.

Even if you refer to your child as “my love” or any other loving name, remind yourself to always say their name during interactions, to help create a sense of identity and teach them about their role in the family – and even in society.

As they enter the fourth month of life, during this stage the baby tends to reply to conversations with varied grunts and noises and wait for others to do the same. So, brush up on your “ahs” and “uhs”.