Want To Help Baby Learn More Words? Naptime Is Essential

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Even though most babies don’t start talking until the one year mark or later, you probably already know you’re encouraged to talk to them all the time for better language development. But if you need a break from all that babbling, we have some good news: sleep is equally as important for word recognition.

This month, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences reported babies can associate a word with its meaning from 6 or 8 months old—much earlier than previously thought. There’s one stipulation, though: Those babies need to take a nap in order to do so.

Here’s how the study went down. To make sure infants weren’t tapping into any existing knowledge, researchers introduced them to unrecognizable objects with fake names, like ‘bofel.’ To make things more complicated, researchers showed them different kinds of bofels, differentiated slightly, like by color. The goal here was to see how advanced baby’s…

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