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Little Kids, Big Questions
is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

My one-year-old often wants to hear the same story over and over. Is this normal?

Q: My one-year-old often plays with the same toy over and over or wants to hear the same story over and over. Is this normal?


A: Telling the same stories and singing the same songs over and over may feel boring to you, but for a young child, learning happens with repetition. When you read, give each of the characters its own interesting voice. This gives your baby the chance to hear different sounds, pitches, and tones of language.  It also helps babies learn how to make sounds with their own voices.

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