Reward your baby’s first tries at making sounds with smiles and hugs. This early communication is exciting for your baby, and your approval will encourage him to keep trying.
Here is a great New York Times article regarding the knowledge gap and the importance of talking to children before they can respond.
“’We don’t want parents talking at babies,’ Ms. Lerner said. ‘We want parents talking with babies.'”
They work with parents of newborns in the hospital, promoting infant literacy from day 1. They give parents a book bag with several free books inside to start, then they provide low-income families with books for the children all the way through middle-school.
Their website is here.