baby talk photo - newBaby Talk: Resources to Support the People Who Work With Infants and Toddlers

Issue No. 34, March 2014

Great Resources from ZERO TO THREE

  • Your Child’s Development is a set of nine age-based handouts that includes a “what to expect” chart for each age range, suggestions for supporting healthy development, and information about common parenting challenges. Learn more, download, or share these resources in both English and Spanish. (English)


  • All About Learning to Use the Toilet offers questions and guidance for this area of development, with emphasis on different cultural views on the topic.


  • Using Questions to Support Your Child’s Learning provides ideas and strategies for building your child’s thinking skills by using questions throughout your daily interactions together.


Long Term Benefits of Early Art and Music

According to new Michigan State University research there are strong links from early childhood participation in arts and crafts activities to patents generated and businesses launched as adults.


Maternal Conversations Yield Benefits for Premature Babies

Researchers at Brown University found that premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) benefited when their mothers spoke to them in attempts to engage them in conversation rather than stroking them, or if the babies were primarily around nurses who talked about or around them but didn’t address the babies directly.



Obesity Gains Hold in Early Years

Experts say the results of a major new study may reshape approaches to combating the nation’s obesity epidemic, suggesting that efforts must start much earlier and focus more on the children at greatest risk. For many obese adults, the die was cast by the time they were 5 years old. A major new study of more than 7,000 children has found that a third of children who were overweight in kindergarten were obese by eighth grade. And almost every child who was very obese remained that way.

Baby Talk is a free, one-way listserv that is distributed each month. Each issue features one or more resources, the majority of which are available to download at no cost.  To join the listserv, send an email with no message to subscribe-babytalk@listserv.unc.eduTo suggest resources, please contact Camille Catlett at or (919) 966-6635.