There is no greater joy than holding your baby in your arms for the first time. You get so mesmerized by their innocent eyes and soft skin that you don’t ever want to let go. You promise to be there for your little one’s first step, first giggle, and definitely their first words. Initially they will start by cooing, which are random vowel sounds. Then comes the adorable babbling, which are consonant sounds and vowel sounds strung together, such as a-da or a-ga. It brings great joy to see them babble like they are actually saying something to you. It takes about 11 to 14 months for them to start talking, not well formed sentences but word-like sounds, such as ma-ma and da-da. Since each day with them is so entertaining, you will not realise how quickly those few months go by. Before you know it, your little one will be
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1. Communicate Nonverbally
One of the ways to get your baby talking soon is to encourage them to communicate. Even before they start uttering sounds, they communicate with you nonverbally. They may reach out for their toy, or turn the other way when they don’t want to be fed, or point to a pet. You should acknowledge these gestures and motivate them to communicate more.
2. Talk To Your Baby
Sit and talk to your baby as you feed them, play with them, or change their diaper. Talk to them as though they understand you. Use different tones and pitches to express different emotions as you talk to them. They will be able to process the words you say better.
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3. Narrate Your Day To Your Baby
As you go about doing your household chores, keep you little one in the room and narrate in a loud clear voice what you are doing. Narrate how your day when and how much you love them. They need not listen to you completely. They can be busy playing
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4. Sing To Them
Singing is a fun way to help your baby to talk. You don’t have to have the perfect pitch or tone. Just sing fun songs that will keep them engaged. Make sure the lyrics are simple and repetitive. Repetition will help them retain words more.
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5. Read Children’s Books
Before you tuck your baby in for the night, read to them. There are lots of story books available that are filled with pictures. Read the stories out to them by pointing to the pictures, using hand gestures, and
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6. Babble Along With Them
When your baby babbles, babble along with them. They need not talk sense for you to give them your full attention. Look happy and sound happy when you babble with them. It shows that you are giving them your full attention and it encourages them to produce more sounds. Soon they will be able to form sensible words.
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7. Use Proper Sentences
Once your bundle of joy is over the babbling phase, they will start forming words, and after that they will string 2 to 3 words together
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8. Listen To What They Say
Being a good listener will not only help give your baby the required attention and motivation to babble or talk more, but it will also teach them to be a good listener themselves. When they talk to you, give them your full attention and nod as though you understand what they say. Many times it might just be random sounds, but you should not discourage them.
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9. Take Turns To Talk
Your little one should understand that having a conversation is not just talking but listening as well. Take turns to speak. You can play games to make it interesting and to help them understand the concept of taking turns.
Each child is different, and they develop language skills at different rates. You should not compare them with each other. Instead, help them develop to the best of their ability at their own pace. Reinforce them for their progress and refrain from scolding them if they do not get something right. Encouragement and support are crucial for their proper development.