By age three, children from low-income families are likely to hear 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers. This is known as the "word gap," and it can have serious consequences for our children.

The Word Gap App from Aimee's Babies provides valuable resources to help parents bridge the word gap and interact with their babies in a whole new way!

 

 
 
 
 

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The "word gap" refers to the difference between the number and quality of words that some babies hear from their parents as compared to the lack of words that other babies hear from their parents in the first three years. The first three years is a critical time to talk to your baby – babies are forming the basis for their own language and vocabulary as well as developing important literacy and early math skills.

Aimee’s Babies Word Gap App will show you ideas for interacting with your baby all day long. Even though your baby may not be talking back to you yet, studies show that they are listening, taking it all in, and forming important brain cells that will make them smarter! That’s right – simply by reading, singing and talking to your baby, you are building brain cells and giving her a great start!

 
 

We know having a baby is stressful! Taking care of a baby is one of the hardest jobs on earth, but you do not have to do it alone. Even if you don’t have a partner or family to help you, there are resources in your community and ways you can get support.  

It is really important to take care of yourself so that you can take care of your baby. From simple reminders to take a bubble bath now and then to helping you seek out professional help for postpartum depression, Aimee’s Babies Word Gap App has some suggestions to help.

Tap the Managing Stress tab to find links to community resources, tips for asking for help from friends and family, and some deep breathing techniques to minimize stress and help with relaxation.

 

 
 

The Talking to your Child section of the app contains over 200 short video clips broken down into age groups to demonstrate ideas for talking to your child all day long. From words to use while cooking to teach math skills, to language to use during play to build your child’s independence, to positive language to build self-esteem, these video clips offer it all.

No actors or studios were used for these videos! All clips feature real families filmed in real homes, and all suggestions are designed so that they can be easily integrated into a busy parent’s day.

The Word Gap Hack section offers video clips showing clever solutions to beat the word gap! By including these ideas into your daily routine, you will automatically help your child hear more words and speak more words, building that important vocabulary!

Earn points for every video you watch and try with your child.  The app will keep a running tally of your points and you can try every week to beat your points, adding more interactions and words to your child’s vocabulary.

 

How many nursery rhymes, children’s songs and finger plays do you remember from when you were a little kid?

Under the Activities tab, you will find an alphabetical database of nearly 100 age-old nursery rhymes that you can say to your child. Incorporate them into mealtimes, bedtime routines, and while you wait in line at the grocery store. We also include eight original children’s songs with lyrics and music you can sing along to. Suggestions for movements to build important developmental motor skills are included as well!

Earn extra points for saying these songs and nursery rhymes to your child, sharing on social media and rating the word gap app in the app store!