Helping your baby with communication and language development

Helping your baby to develop communication and language


Listening and attention
πŸ™‚ Bring your baby close to your face, make eye contact and use touch or your voice to encourage early conversations
πŸ™‚ Encourage playfulness through β€˜peek-a-boo’ and rhyming games
πŸ™‚ Use a lively voice with ups and downs to help your baby β€˜tune in’ to you
πŸ™‚ Sing songs and rhymes every day during your regular routines
πŸ™‚ Use repeated sounds, words and phrases so your baby can begin to recognise familiar sounds
πŸ™‚ Encourage your baby to explore and imitate sounds. When you go quiet, your baby will use babble to gain your attention
πŸ™‚ Talk about different sounds you hear when you share books together e.g. β€˜brmm’ and β€˜moo!’


πŸ™‚ Look at your baby and say her/his name.
πŸ™‚ make eye contact and wait for her/him to react
πŸ™‚ when your baby points to an object, tell them what it is
πŸ™‚ Talk to your baby about what you are doing and what is happening so she/he will begin to link words with action
πŸ™‚ Use gestures to support your words e.g. waving when saying β€˜bye-bye’
πŸ™‚ Speak clearly as your baby will respond well to a high-pitched sing-song voice
πŸ™‚ Use and repeat single words so your baby will gradually link the word to its meaning
πŸ™‚ Remember that your baby’s understanding is much better than her/his talking at this stage
πŸ™‚ Praise all efforts at communicating


πŸ™‚ Talk to your baby in your home language
πŸ™‚ Encourage your baby to babble back to you by keeping eye contact after you have spoken
πŸ™‚ Try to β€˜tune in’ to the different messages that your baby is trying to tell you e.g. hunger, pain, lonely etc
πŸ™‚ When your baby tries to say a word, repeat it back to them so that she/he can hear the name of the object clearly, but do not correct their attempts
πŸ™‚ Praise all efforts at communicating

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