Baby's Language Development: Put Down That Phone & Talk to Your Baby! Here's Why & How! by Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP

Baby Parenting
5 years ago
Baby's Language Development: Put Down That Phone & Talk to Your Baby! Here's Why & How!

The most important aspect to enriching your baby’s speech and language skills is not found on a tablet or smartphone. You are your baby’s best teaching tool! At 4 to 6 months of age, your baby is going through rapid language development. 

  • You will notice that your baby will start to look in the direction of sounds. 
  • He will notice that toys make noise and will pay attention to music. 
  • You will hear your baby start to babble sounds like “bababa” or “mamama.” 
  • He will start to vocalize excitement and displeasure. 
  • This is an exciting time because you will start to hear your baby laugh and giggle! 

Encourage these early milestones by spending face-to-face time with Baby.

  • Read and talk about pictures in books.
  • Sing nursery rhymes.
  • Model finger-play like “peek-a-boo” or “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” 
  • Use gestures and/or signs like “more” “bye” “all done.” 
  • Encourage consonant-vowel sounds like “ma,” “pa” and “da.” 
  • Expand on their words and sounds: “I see Dada."
  • Use animated vocal intonation and facial expressions.
  • Talk, talk, talk about actions and what they experience in their environment: “See the bird fly?” “Let’s wash your belly.”

Related Products on Amazon We Think You May Like:

30Second Mobile, Inc. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Nicole DeAvilla
This is very important - thanks for sharing this tip Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP !

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

CHITAG Holiday Gift Guide: 21 Must-Have Toys & Games From the Chicago Toy & Game Fair

Minimalist Joshua Becker Is Right: 3 Simple Ways to Scale Back for the Holidays

Light Up Christmas With These DIY Holiday Candles Made With Toilet Paper Tubes

10 Best Retro Toys for the 2019 Holiday Season From Chicago's Timeless Toys