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    Hmm, some stuff has changed since mine were babies. But...I didn't follow it very well anyhow. But things that may still be the same:

    Talk to your baby. Talk in baby talk, talk in grown up talk. But talk TO your baby. Make eye contact. Talk while changing diapers, feeding and bathing. Talk about how it is warm, cool, dark, light, bright. Talk about toes, sing the piggy song, count fingers, read books. Tell stories. Sing. Use language a lot.

    Baby sign language...eh. If you want. I didn't with my oldest, did with my middle as he had speech delays and wanted to talk and was angry that he couldn't. (Toddler age...about age 2-3.) He ended up getting speech therapy, friend who also wasn't talking started talking on his own...

    My kids all have very good vocabularies and I am pretty sure that it is because we talked to them and with them and exposed them to things that most people don't think little kids will like, be interested or will be above their heads. We expose, then come back as needed.

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    At this point education really isn't on the radar. You might want to consider a baby development book to give you ideas of when babies generally develop (these are loose guidelines). I used this book when my child was little. https://www.amazon.com/Caring-Your-B...346VNJCSMNBW4P

    This gives you ideas on what you can do with them.

    That first year you are working to keep them fed, diapered, rested, and clothed, while trying to get enough sleep for you and your partner.

    In addition, I would read to them. No child is too young to be read to, when you feel like you can. Listen to music. Spend time with them. It is really that basic.
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    Colors and shapes will come on their own if you engage with your baby and read a variety of books, even if they are not about color. My favorite color book is Baby Colors by DK. Babies and toddlers love DK board books because they have such great pictures. Still, I think colors are an easy concept even without a special book. It is something that tends to come up in daily speech.

    Before and around age one, something fun we did was look for all of a certain type of thing in our book collection. I would say, "Let's look for rabbits," and we would open our books to pages featuring rabbits and spread them all over the floor in a neat display.

    I also used to set up a play display in the playroom after bed every night. I straightened up, and my baby/toddler would be delighted to find the stuffed cow building with blocks, or the penguin rolling the soft ball to the duck. This was best at age 12-30 months. I think it helped spark imagination, and it was fun! The age from when they stop crying all the time to around two and a half or three is awesome. You are allowed to have pure fun! If you are playing, reading, and going outside instead of handing your kid a screen, you are doing splendidly.

    We loved beautifully illustrated rhyme books. Knock at the Door and Baby's Playtime book, both by Kay Chorao, were favorites. They helped us develop a real love of language and reading. Gyo Fujikawa illustrates beautiful and simple books about children and animals that I also recommend.

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    Here's another favorite rhyme book. The pictures are fun and engaging, even if they are less pretty than Chorao's:

    https://www.amazon.com/Head-Shoulder.../dp/0763618993

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    Repeating what has been said just for another thumbs up, plus a couple of books that would be useful.

    1) Words. All the words. Books, magazines, songs. Read aloud all the time. Narrate everything. Copy baby's noises. This isn't to teach your baby to read - this is about language. I talked to my babies as if they were adults. Of course they didn't understand my latest opinion on the state of the world, but it was all about the words.

    2) Read aloud all the time. So many times. Silly books, picture books, baby books - it does not have to be War and Peace or in another language.

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    3) Sign language - this was the best unexpected bonus in our house. Just teaching my frustrated baby "more" "eat" "drink" and "all done" got rid of so many misunderstandings. Model the word with the sign, start young. Pick a few to start with. My short list is a good start as those are basic needs, then maybe labels for your household members. Whatever works. But not too much at one time. Increasing meaningful communication for every day needs was our goal, not displaying a huge sign language vocabulary.

    4) Blocks and things with wheels. MagnaTiles and wooden blocks are *still* favorites in my house, though waning as the little is 10yo.

    5) Rather than focusing on teaching to read - think about priming the pump for phonemic awareness and manipulation. Here's a book I'd recommend to anyone with pre-reading kids. It says it's for classroom curriculum but it's just word and sound games - not really classroom specific.

    Phonemic Awareness in Young Children: A Classroom Curriculum 13th printing Edition
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/15...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    6) These books. They've been out a while but I found them to be sane and developmentally appropriate. I'm simply not a fan of turning babies into students. Some tots do amazing things and come to early reading and algebra on their own, but there's no reason to mold them to do so. They are babies and play and exploration are their most valuable learning tools. So - here are some interesting books:

    https://www.amazon.com/Slow-Steady-G.../dp/159160236X
    https://www.amazon.com/Whats-Going-T.../dp/0553378252

    Good luck and have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CO-MOM View Post
    think about priming the pump for phonemic awareness and manipulation
    Yes, that's what I was thinking, good way to put it! Obviously I'm not going to try teaching string theory to my newborn, but ways to introduce an infant, toddler, and on (as well as myself) into a learning environment. Like others have said, I'm sure the first, I don't know, year(?) will be just survival, and I'm assuming there will be so much curiosity and self-exploration I won't even need to do much!

    Thanks so much to everyone for their kind words and tips.

    Looks like I have a lot of books to buy.... hah!

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    Looks like I have a lot of books to buy.... hah!
    Get your library's ebook account in order! And visit the library for those books! Have them special ordered if you need!
    If youre in love with any book so much that you have to have it, then buy it.

    It took me a couple years of homeschooling to learn to stop buying books. So I have a couple shelves of books that have been read one or less times.
    Just sayin. Spend that money on a few nice weekends with DW when shes feeling better and before the baby arrvies. Because it will be a LONG time before you two will get any couple-adventures again.

    And congratulations on the house!
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    alexsmom, the heresy! Stop buying books!??! Ok, my bibliophile self cannot get behind advocating not buying books, BUT, 2nd hand is the way to go. For kids, check goodwill and value village (georgia right?) Atlanta FINALLY has a Half Price Books, so if you live near there, totally worth checking out. At VV and GW, get books from the color of the week. BUT, only buy a few good ones right away. When they are little, they don't care if you read the same 3 books over and over. And by the time they do care, they'll want input into the book you will then read over and over and over to them until you have it memorized. We bought (or received as gifts) over 100 books for Tech. Over half were never touched. Of the half that were, half of those were only read once.

    Of all the books, I have to go with the oldies of Dr Seuss. (except for Fox in Socks...i HATE that book. UGH!)

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    Ahhh, Im in a decluttering phase.
    I have every single pratchett book, from Carpet People to the Long Earth series, and the physical books are now safely digitized, and packed into boxes and stored out of the way. (Except for the picture books, because Paul Kidby is Art.)
    Not saying I dont like books...
    But I check out 5-6 library books every 2 weeks for DS4. DS10 reads a book a week, often 'literature' which although he might have enjoyed it well enough when he read it, he is never going to read those books again.
    I believe that getting in the library habit enables a richer variety and diet of books.
    Ive probably bought only a half-dozen books for DS4 - because it may be nice to say "this was your father's favorite story when he was your age" to his possible future kids. And because he keeps going back to them.
    You could buy one of the DK color identify books.... or you can check out a fresh color-id book every week for years. Same with all the other "identify the picture" books.

    Libraries are a good addiction. At worst case, they are a try before you buy.

    I used to be a skeptic and a doubter and had lots of contempt and disdain for my library. Then I started ordering books I wanted, and then when I started with the ebooks, my affection for the library system was sealed.

    "You do not like them, so you say. Try them, try them, and you may. Try them and you may, I say."

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    I used to be a hardcore library patron. Then, I moved to Indianapolis, and their libraries mostly sucked, so we stopped going. And just never got back into the habit. Of course, we have REALLY good thrift stores, and it isn't at all uncommon to grab a book for under $1.

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