Your Child’s Development
- Even though it may seem pretty silly at times, always respond to your baby when she is talking. When she tells you something in her special baby language, answer her by saying something like, “Really? That is a very interesting story! Tell me more.” This encourages your child to keep talking.
- When your baby makes gestures or points to an object and speaks in her own words, tell her what the object is. Repeat the word several times as you converse with her. This encourages your baby’s memory skills and language skills.
- Sing songs with your baby. Songs and rhymes that use repetition are best. Your baby will soon start to remember certain words of the song or rhyme and when she starts talking, she may amaze you by adding the words she remembers as you sing the song.
- Show your baby that words go with actions. For instance, waving bye-bye as you say the words “Bye-bye”, or saying “up” as you point up to the sky. This will help her make the connection between words and actions.
- When you are cleaning house, grocery shopping, or performing other everyday actions, use the opportunity to tell your baby what is going on. For example, when you are in the shop tell your baby, “Now we have to get some bananas”, or when you are going for a walk, tell your baby, “Now you are in your buggy and we can go for a walk”. The idea is to use words to communicate your actions to your baby, even though she probably won’t grasp much of it, eventually she will make some connections.