As you help your child dress, put different kinds of fabrics on their bare feet. Talk about how a soft blanket feels on their toes. Then switch to something else, like a scratchy sweater, and describe it. Watch your baby’s reactions and then respond. Which textures do they smile at or pull away from?

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Responding to cues like smiles or kicks shows that you’re listening. It inspires your baby to keep talking through sounds and actions. Connecting ideas, like how things feel, builds your baby’s brain and vocabulary.

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