Experts are saying that the number of words your child hears as an infant and as a toddler can have a huge influence on baby speech and language development. The more you speak to your little ones at this stage, the better they will be at understanding speech and learning new words. Even though the children may not be able to talk yet, that doesn’t mean they’re not learning.
There are a few ways to do this and it is especially crucial to help your baby/toddler develop in the first 2 years, but importantly is that you start early and do it consistently,
Encourage language skills through songs and music
Babies loves songs and also repetition. This is especially if you involve actions or movements into the songs. I would repeat the same songs on daily basis (rotating between 4-6 songs each time so it does not get boring) and he would recognize the song immediately when I start. For example, my son loves it when I sing “If you are happy and you know it” and he starts clapping his hand. He will also babble and scream along. Another song I use is “one little, two little, 3 little indians…”, and showing him the numbers with my fingers. At the count of 10, I would tickle him and he will chuckle.
Reading to your baby
Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Interest him with colorful pictures or interactive board books to keep him interested. Some of the books I have and my boy likes:
Flash cards work very well, too. I have a set of cute animal cards (received as a gift) which I would show him every night, teaching him the animal and the sound or movement it makes.
Teach your child to string words together by adding one or two: If she/he says, “Ball,” you say, “red ball” or “take the ball.”
Use real words
Your child may call his/her ball, “ba” but it is important that as parents, you are using the proper words and avoid talking down to your toddler. By using real words instead of baby talk, you’re helping him/her to learn more new words and improve his vocabulary.
What are some activities or tricks that help your child in speaking? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.