Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Talking With Your Baby

Learning to talk is a process that starts at birth. A lot has happened in terms of your baby’s language development since he was born.  Around three months of age you’ve probably noticed that he really listens to your voice and is starting to make some of the sounds you make.  Most babies at this age have started making those delightful cooing and gurgling sounds we love to hear. One of the most wonderful things about being a parent is that you have the chance to help your baby’s language development simply by talking with him and naming the things around him. It’s that easy. You don’t need to buy fancy toys or the DVDs that are advertised to make your baby smart. Just talk, sing, and read with your baby throughout the day.

Babies learn best when they experience predictable routines. Use language to let your baby know what is coming next. For example, when you’re getting ready to change his diaper before a feeding say, “it’s time for a diaper change. Let’s go the changing table and get a clean diaper. Then it will be time to eat!” Even thought your baby does not have the ability to repeat these words back to you, he is beginning to understand what you are saying.

The more words your baby hears you say, the more words he will know. Talking with your baby is the easiest and best way to make your baby smart.

You can talk to your baby when you are busy doing other things (daily activities). Carry your baby in a sling or frontpack or put him on a blanket nearby while you:

* Bathe and get dressed    * Clean the bathroom
* Wash the dishes              * Fold the laundry
* Put away groceries          * Put on your makeup
* Shaving                            * Do your hair

Remember, it is important that he hear the words that go along with the routine. Before you know it he’ll be using words to describe his own actions!



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