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How to Teach a Child to Talk
Babies Love AttentionBabies love attention and they learn early that making noises gets them lots of it. They begin by making strange little noises and then soon they add consonant and vowel sounds. All children develop language skills at different rates. Some begin to babble earlier than others, but parents can encourage their babies to talk by naturally caring for their physical needs, listening to them, talking to them, reading to them, singing with them, and engaging in play activities.
Baby BabbleWhen your baby babbles, he is talking to you so respond to him. As your baby adds consonant and vowel sounds, he will enjoy making noises. Enjoy the “conversation.” Listen to him and then when he pauses, take your turn to talk to him. After a while, your baby will notice that when he babbles and pauses, you talk back. He wants your attention so he will learn to babble and pause, waiting for you to take your turn. Before you know it, you and your baby are practicing the social art of conversation, even if neither of you know what he is saying.
Baby HealthNourish your baby’s health. Make sure your baby eats healthy foods and gets enough sleep. A tired, hungry baby can only concentrate on eating and sleeping. Stay current with your baby’s pediatric check-ups. Healthier babies have healthier brains and healthier brains absorb more information about language. The more your baby learns about sounds and language, the more likely she is to use her knowledge to talk to you.
Read to Your BabyRead to your baby. Studies show that reading to babies increases their IQ. Choose an age appropriate book. If you are introducing books to a young baby, pick out a picture book. Tell your baby a story that goes along with the pictures. Point to objects on the page and say the words. Eventually, your baby will attempt to repeat the words. As your baby grows, add books with words. Your baby will realize that words have meanings and represent objects. As you teach your baby to say words, you will be teaching him to read as well.
Play With Your ChildPlay with your child. Engaging in playful activities with your child provides a naturally language-rich environment and presents opportunities for parents and children to communicate. Talk to your child while shaking and rattling toys, rolling cars on the floor, rocking a baby doll, pretending to bake a cake in your child’s play kitchen, just to name a few examples. Sing songs with your child. Engage in music and movement while emphasizing words to body parts such as the “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” song.
Additional AdviceDon’t worry. Babies develop at different rates. Some babies talk early while others wait a little longer to vocally express themselves.
While teaching your child to talk, take care not to expect too much too soon so your baby doesn’t become frustrated. Reading, natural conversations, and everyday nurturing will help your baby develop at his own pace. If you become concerned that your baby is truly delayed in his language development, talk to your baby’s doctor about ways to help him progress.
Reading books to babies and toddlers helps them develop language and reading skills. Usborne Books offers a variety of books that will help your child develop a love for reading while they develop language and reading skills .
Young children will love naming the familiar things in this appealing picture book. The lovely illustrations will appeal to both children and adults, making this delightful book a pleasure to share. Check it out here.
This timeless before-bed classic is a soothing meander towards the end of an Evening. Beautifully told in gentle rhythmic verse, it leads us through a charming A-to-Z bedtime routine. B is for Bedtime is Margaret Hamilton’s first picture book, and its endearing characters are brought to life by award-winning Anna Pignataro’s adorable illustrations. Check it out here.
Your baby will love to share this book with you. The black and white contrast will spark your baby's attention. Check it out here.
- A delightful box set containing a collection of first word board books, perfect for tiny tots.
- Includes four books from the popular Baby’s Very First series: Animals, Mealtime, Colors and Bedtime.
- Features bold, high-contrast illustrations suitable for even the smallest babies. Check it out here.
There are over 270 familiar words in this delightfully illustrated book. Themes include animals, food, farm noises, and things that go. Check it out here.
Little Red Penguin travels to meet his animal friends and with questions and flaps, introduces first words along the way. Check it out here.
Perfect first books for the littlest ones, this collection of nine tiny board books is sized just right for little hands. My First 100 Words helps children know and recognize 100 commonly used words. The books contain a simple text and are beautifully illustrated, and the case includes a matching game. Check it out here.
It’s easy to learn your first 100 words with this colorful book full of busy buzzy bees, pitter-pattering raindrops, chitter-chattering children, and noisy little lambs. Check it out here.
There are over 270 familiar words for children to spot and learn in this delightfully illustrated book. Each word is brought to life with a friendly illustration, and grouped into themes including ‘Animals’, ‘At home’, ‘My body’, ‘Bedtime’ and lots more. With sturdy board pages designed to withstand being read time and time again. Check it out here.
This beautifully illustrated book is the perfect way to introduce young children to the alphabet. Check it out here.
Very First Words is a bright and lively picture word book for the very young, with over 100 objects to spot and name. Check it out here.