Frequently Asked Questions
What makes the smallTalk Egg different from playing foreign language from a tablet?
Passively listening to a foreign language has been shown to have minimal impact on a child’s neural development or language skills. The active engagement between your child and the foreign language being spoken to them is the key to language immersion having an impact on brain development.
Why does learning mode require a pacifier?
All of our products are designed around baby’s active engagement; this is what creates “brain magic!” When a baby is only a few months old, the only reliably intentional and repeatable action they can take is with their mouths, therefore our first product, the smallTalk Egg, utilizes a pacifier. Soon, smallTalk will introduce two new products targeted for later infancy, when the baby can reliably use their hands for touching, twisting, and pulling actions to unlock our language content. Our goal is to continually create products for your child to interact with and acquire a foreign language (or two!).
Can my child use the Egg without a pacifier?
If you are open to using a pacifier for a short period of time, learning sessions can be achieved in as little as 5-20 minutes, every other day. In this case, baby would only use the pacifier for 15-60 minutes a week. Our research shows that the permanent, incredible brain change can be made with just 20 learning mode sessions!
If you (or baby!) are uninterested in using a pacifier for any amount of time, the learning mode features of the smallTalk Egg probably aren’t for you, but your baby can still enjoy all features include within listening mode–curated playlists of our exclusive multilingual content and playlists of recordings you and your loved ones choose to make.
What is a learning session and how long should it take?
Using the smallTalk pacifier sensor & a Philips Soothie (or JollyPop or Gumdrop pacifiers), your baby will interact with lullabies, songs, and stories in the language you’ve selected. When baby sucks on the pacifier, the Egg will play 10 seconds of audio content. The content will then fade away until baby sucks on the pacifier again. Your little one’s little brain will learn this cause and effect relationship quickly and continue to ‘ask’ for the content, creating lasting connections in their brain–language pathways that last a lifetime.
Baby’s brain will benefit from just 20 learning sessions–each 5 or more minutes in length, but going beyond 20 sessions is wonderful too! To avoid overstimulation, the smallTalk Egg will turn off after a single learning session has reached 20 minutes.
Can I use the Egg with my twins (multiples)?
At this time, smallTalk does not support multiple users (and therefore, multiple babies) per account. You can, however, run the same foreign language pathway with multiples by self-monitoring how many learning sessions each child has. The goal is to reach 20 learning sessions per language pathway, per baby. To achieve this, you can simply alternate learning sessions between your babies and keep a running tally as you go. We’d love to hear from you on how it works with your babies, to inform us as we make modifications to make it easier for parents like you.
But don’t overthink it! Being a parent of a newborns is tough and we get it. Exposing your child to smallTalk in any amount is great—keeping track of the exact numbers is just a cherry on top!
How will I know my baby is benefiting from smallTalk?
Most importantly, you will know baby is benefiting simply by watching their enjoyment as they engage with the smallTalk Egg. But if you’d like to read all the science that explains what’s happening in your little one’s brain, you can do so right here!
Can I put the Egg in my baby’s crib?
The smallTalk Egg and pacifier sensor are designed with your baby’s safety in mind, and can be in close proximity wherever baby goes. You should not, however, have the Egg plugged in while in close proximity to your baby, whether that be in the crib or on the floor.
The Egg should also only be in baby’s crib with supervision–it is not intended to be left in the crib overnight or during nap time.
Does the Egg require WiFi?
The smallTalk Egg uses WiFi to upload audio files to the Egg speaker. If you are disconnected from WiFi, you will not be able to upload new audio files or playlists to the smallTalk Egg, but baby will still be able to engage in learning sessions and listen to their playlists that were uploaded prior.
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