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Before babies understand words, they understand tones of voice

03:05 EDT 24 Aug 2017 | Medical Xpress

Before babies start saying words, it is hard for parents to know whether their little one actually understands the things that they say to them. Many parenting magazines and books recommend speaking to children even before parents think their babies can understand what they're saying – and sometimes even before they're born – because it helps babies to recognise voices and begin to learn about language. You may wonder, though, if a baby has no idea what is being spoken to them, does it really matter what or how it is said?

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