A new study has revealed that talking to babies can boost their brain power. This means its important to begin talking to your child well before they can form their own words.

Researcher Susan Hespos, of Northwestern University in Illinois said,

“For infants as young as three months of age, words exert a special influence that supports the ability to form a category. These findings offer the earliest evidence to date for a link between words and object categories.”

Co—author of the study, Sandra Waxman, added,

“We suspect that human speech, and perhaps especially infant—directed speech, engenders in young infants a kind of attention to the surrounding objects that promotes categorization. We proposed that over time, this general attentional effect would become more refined, as infants begin to cull individual words from fluent speech, to distinguish among individual words and kinds of words, and to map those words to meaning.”