New parents may be at a loss to figure out the best response to their toddler's incoherent babbling, but a new study may shed light on a good solution: pretend like you understand your kid.
The study concluded that sensitively responding to a child who can't form complete words or sentences is a good way to develop pragmatic communication skills later on. So, if you talk to your child as if you're engaging in a normal conversation, the child will be better equipped to communicate effectively when she does gain the ability to use language.
How did researchers come to this conclusion? The Atlantic has details: