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Newborns' Cries Reflect Parents' Language

Differences in Newborn Cry Patterns of German, French Babies Evident Very Early, Study Shows

Newborns and Language: Message for Parents-to-Be

Parents should continue doing what most already do intuitively, Wermke says. "Parents should talk and sing to their babies right from the beginning," she says.

''The study substantiates what we have been telling parents about the importance of talking to children [for language development]," Paul says.

Although it can't hurt to talk or sing to your unborn baby, Paul says parents-to-be should realize that there is no guarantee doing so will mean the baby will talk sooner or better than those not sung or talked to before birth.

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