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