Science Says There’s a Way to Predict a Baby’s First Word
Shhh...don’t tell your spouse
The goal: To get your 10-month-old’s first word to be mom not dad. The reality: You can't control that. Or can you?
According to a new study from Indiana University, a baby’s first words are much more likely to be tied to visual cues (seeing mom constantly appear in their viewpoint) versus verbal ones (saying the word mom over and over again).
Here’s why: It all has to do with how an infant’s language develops. Visual memory is the jumping off point for babies that are trying to connect words to objects. This means that if a baby sees an object (say, a bottle) over and over again, they’re more likely to recognize it and eventually attach a word to it. It’s as simple as that.
To put this to the test, researchers went so far as to strap actual cameras to babies’ heads to see what the world looks like from their point of view. The takeaway: Babies see a lot less than adults think they do, and are more likely to name the people and things from their limited viewpoint down the road.
Might be time to tell your hubby. Or not.