Few baby milestones are as thrilling as your child’s first words. Your baby might babble his first “dada” or “mama” around six to eight months. He may have added a few other words to his list around his first birthday. These tips will help you to get your baby talking.
Up the chatting ante. Simply talking to your baby teaches him new vocabulary and encourages first words. Provide constant narration as you go around your daily tasks, or when you’re in a new environment to introduce him to new words.
Talk back. Follow your child’s interests and let him be your guide when deciding on what to talk about. For example, if your child is staring at a dog and babbling, make this the topic of conversation and repeat the word “dog” while pointing at the pup.
Focus on routines and repetition. Daily activities such as bath time, meal time, and changing time are ideal opportunities to have the same conversations with your baby each day. During these times, he will begin to pick up on key words and phrases and associate them with the activity.
Model speech for your baby. To help your baby build language skills, speak in slow, short sentences and wait for him to try and repeat when he’s ready. Help him recognize objects and words through play.
Just remember that some children start talking early, and others take their time to utter their first words. Your baby will be on a roll with his words before you know it!