In Our House Se Habla Español

Although it’s not our first language, my husband and I both speak Spanish. We actually met because of it! But, that’s a cute/ mushy story for another post. Today, I want to reach out to the blogging community for some tips/ advice about how to incorporate our love of Spanish into our baby girl’s life. 

Just a little background: My husband and I both studied Spanish in college and we both lived in Spain for an extended period of time. We know how hard it can be to learn a second language as an adult (or adolescent, at least). So, we want to give our daughter a leg up and start introducing her to Spanish right now!

We’ve heard of the “one parent one language” idea- where one parent speaks to baby exclusively in one language and the other parent in the other (for example, my husband would speak to Norah in Spanish and I would speak to her in English).

I’m skeptical of this approach, though.

For one, I want to speak to her in Spanish as well! Making our home 100% Spanish is also an option, but there is something about the “mother tongue” coming from mom that seems important to me.

So basically, I’m just being difficult at this point. 

We plan on reading to her in Spanish. And when she gets older I want to do activities in Spanish, things like making grocery lists or singing songs, etc.

Does anyone out there in the blogging universe have experience they’d be willing to share with bringing up baby in a bilingual home? Has anyone tried the one parent/ one language thing? Any and all feedback would be so appreciated!


If you want to keep up with me and Norah, you can follow our blog at! You can also check us out on Instagram @miniminimalistmama.


4 thoughts on “In Our House Se Habla Español

  1. Hello there, Mama! I am Puerto Rican, living in PR. And my kids haven’t visited US nor any English speaking country. (Thou, I took my daughter when she was 8mo for an 8 days vacation to FL -where everybody around us was speaking Spanish- and it doesn’t count, lol.) My daughter is 7 and my son is 4. They both speak more English than Spanish sometimes. What we did was expose them to as many English kids show as we could. Also, we read a lot in English. We also used a lot of art related activities while teaching phonics and sensory activities. The problem I have now is that my 4 yo -sometimes- doesn’t want to speak in Spanish!! Can you believe that? As they pick up reading, add captions in mother language, then switch to Spanish captions so they can start relating sound to how they are supposed to be written and eventually, remove them to make them sharpen their audition.
    Let us know about the process! Good luck!

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    1. PD: I have only been twice to FL (8 days vacation on each trip.) This is how our mom (non English speaker) taught us English 😁

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    2. minimalistmama22019 Mar 11, 2019 — 22:31

      Thanks so much for the reply and advice! Sounds like you guys did a great job! I would love if my little one spoke more Spanish than English. 😊 we will definitely be looking for Spanish speaking friends for our baby girl and make sure to do activities in Spanish. Especially reading and sound related ones.
      Thanks again!!


      1. Thanks to you, for posting and letting us know we are not alone in this kind of “struggles” if we might call it somehow. Good vibes!

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