It’s been a while since my kidos were babies. Lucky for my offspring, smart phones had yet to be invented and my bag cellphone had a 30 minute limit! The technological distractions for parents of young children has exploded. Certainly it is as important now as ever to connect to with babies not only verbally but with eye contact and touch. I’ve seen some parents who easily communicate with their babies and others who feel silly and awkward. One technique that I remember using was what I’ll call the “tour guide” . Babies are seeing the world through completely new eyes. Parents can describe and converse with their babies over almost anything that they see, hear, touch, taste, or feel! I can remember some pretty strange looks in the grocery store, as I talked my way through the aisles in conversation with my than youngsters. The more talk that goes on…the more natural it becomes. The awkwardness soon fades..but hopefully some of the silliness stays!