Happy Hispanic Heritage month! It started back on September 15th, so we’re a little late in sharing this list but as with us & many other multicultural families, cultures are celebrated year-round.
In case you didn’t know, Leana’s dad Orlando is from Mexico so Spanish is his native language. We always knew that we wanted Leana to learn Spanish, especially with it being primarily spoken by her paternal grandparents.
I researched bilingual learning information for babies/toddlers well before giving birth to Leana and learned that it can be just as easy for babies to learn 2 languages, as it is for them to learn 1. The concept of learning 2 languages/being around people who speak them is exactly like code switching between home/amongst friends & the workplace.
I made it a point to include bilingual/Latinx books on my baby shower registry, when suggesting gift ideas for Christmas + Leana’s birthday wishlist. I wanted her to have plenty of material with images & text that reflect who she is & where her family comes from.
Here’s a list of books in Leana’s collection. The first 2 contain several words of items we regularly come in contact with, which has been great for introducing Leana to new words in both languages. The rest are books that detail aspects of Latinx culture, featuring both fictional non-fictional characters.
Are any of you mamas teaching your baby more than 1 language? If so, drop any tips you have in the comments!
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