Nurturing a Baby's Speech and Language Development
Here are some ways to stimulate your child's speech and language
- Talk to your infant using "baby talk." The higher
pitch, slower speech, and emphasis placed on certain words will draw the baby's
attention. Most adults naturally talk to babies this way.
- Talk with
your baby while you are doing your normal activities. For example, say, "Let's
walk over to your changing table—I want to get my watch" or "Look out the
window at the colorful trees."
- Play games such as
- Read and sing to your baby, and play music.
- Consistently tell your baby the names of things around him or her,
both inside and outside.
You can encourage your baby when he or she starts to make sounds
- Repeating a sound to your baby and adding words
that begin with that sound. For example, if your baby says "ma," repeat it to
him or her and then say "mama."
- Offering your baby new words such
as "baby," "cat," "dog," "go," "hot," and "cold."
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||December 21, 2012|