Word Tracker

It's really not about counting words.

It's all about reaching the maximum intellectual potential.

The Best Food for a Growing Brain? Words.

Close to 90% of your child’s brain growth is completed before Kindergarten, making those early years critical to their development and even their future success. 


Because so much brain growth happens before a child turns 3, your parents set your trajectory in life long before you set foot in a classroom. Even though your baby won’t remember it, you are the most important factor in their language development – your words will shape your child’s future!

Dekaban, A.S., & Sadowsky, D. (1978). Changes in brain weights during the span of human life: Relation of brain weights to body heights and body weights. Annals of Neurology, 4(4), 345-56.

Grounded in Research, Powered by Parents

Hear Some Scientific Baby Talk

For more information on the impact of language on babies, check out the work done by Anne Fernald and her team from the Language Learning Lab at Stanford University’s Center for Infant Studies.

We read thousands of pages of research before we created the Starling, so we’re confident that boosting verbal engagement is the best way to set your little one up for success. Don’t just take it from us – check out the studies that inspired the Starling.

How It Works

Step 1

Use the silicone clip to attach the Starling to your child’s shirt, jacket or pants

Step 2

Simply talk to your baby. Without recording, the Starling counts your words.

Step 3

Starling gives you your word count, along with tips and activities to keep you talking.

Starling cancels out noises 4ft - 6ft away, while being able to track words of any language, ensuring that words tracked are of good quality. In addition, by setting goals to hit word milestones, plus the extra guidance from the App, your child will be picking up words in no time! 

Your Child's Learning Trajectory

The research is clear: children learn language based on how much their parents talk to them. Early talkers who start out ahead tend to stay ahead. Some 20-month-olds talk more than children twice their age. The sooner a child talks, the easier it is for parents to talk back, leading to even faster language development and a larger vocabulary. 


This, in turn, leads to better grades in schoolmore college scholarship money, and even a better job one day. All from a little small talk!

Hart, B., & Risley, T.R. (1995). Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc.

Most parents overestimate how much they talk to their children, and since most parent-child interaction happens within a home, it’s nearly impossible for families to compare themselves to their peers. Starling tracks and provides parents with concrete and quantifiable data, for their child to achieve more.

Starling Features

From Baby to Preschool

Babbling and cooing become first words fast. Use activities from the Starling app to keep you talking.

Kindergarten is just around the corner. Take advantage of this time to get their brain really prepared for school.

For less than a week of daycare, gain a lifetime of educational advantages

Get a Starling Now

Price: $220

Or get it together with your book subscription here at only $190.


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