From day one when a baby is born they are always communicating to their parents their needs. It may not come as direct as a sentence but that comes with time. As a parent, you will help your baby develop an understanding of language and promote language development as they grow. There is no specific time to start creating this ideal environment for your baby to learn. Language is part of our everyday living and babies are sponges waiting to learn from us.
10 Ways to Promote Language Development
- Talk to Your Baby. Engage in conversation with your little one. They may not be talking back but with due time and repetition they usually get it.
- Read. Using books provides an opportunity to engage your child and develops their love for books as well.
- Sign Language. You may think sign language may delay or further prohibit your child from speaking, but the opposite is true. Studies have sign language is beneficial in more ways than one.
- Repeat & Repeat. This is a reinforcement and helps child develop the memory and the concept. So, reading the same book over and over may be boring for you, but valuable for your child.
- Use Every Opportunity. In the grocery store, tell them what you are buying. Cooking dinner, explain what you are doing. They are a captive audience.
- Respond to cues. There are always cues your child is trying to communicate with you and you can respond verbally.
- Music. Sing your favorite songs and make musical instruments to play along. Sometimes things are easier through songs.
- Name Game. Name the common things you use and see every day and the people you normally see.
- Imitate. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. You clap, they clap. You wave, they wave.
- Put effort in the process. Sometimes we worry too much about the milestone. Every child is different and do things in their own way. Create and encourage and it will happen.
Wife and mother of twins. Founder of Pride & Joy Baby Planners and The Expecting Mamas Network.