Teaching a baby to talk


Babies mainly learn to talk from their parents. The more they hear you talk, the faster they learn to talk themselves. That is why it's good to talk to your child a lot during daily activities. Name the things your child sees and tell your child what you're doing. It's also important to play with your child.

Talk to your baby a lot

It's important to talk to your baby calmly, sweetly and above all a lot. For instance:

  • Name the people and things in the area: 'There's (daddy) mommy!' or: 'Look, there's the cat.'
  • Tell what you're doing, using short and easy sentences: 'Now you're going to take a bath.' 'How nice and warm the water is.'
  • Talk about what your child sees, hears, feels, tastes and smells. For example, say, "That's a car and it's doing broom." or: 'How good is that apple.'

Your child likes it and learns a lot from it! Use different voice heights for this. Your child becomes more active when you speak in a high voice, and comforting and calming is better with a low voice.

look at your baby

Watch your child's gestures and body language. Always try to understand what your child means. Also imitate the sounds of your baby. Look at him, smile at him, pull silly faces and play peek-a-boo. This gives you and your child pleasure in communicating.

If your child makes mistakes, don't correct them. Say it yourself right once. For example, if your child says "tapel," you can say, "Yeah, that's the table."

Play with your baby

Play lap games with your baby. Vary your voice heights and make gestures, sounds and sounds. Your child likes that and it gets to know you and the environment better. Toys that make noise can also help. Your child will discover different sounds. Children also like music. Sing easy songs and move along. Also put toys (such as blocks or animals) in a grab bag or box. Your child likes to take objects out of the box or put them in. Tell your child what it does, practicing words like "in" and "out."

Reading books

From about four months you can already ' read ' your baby a book. Do this not only during the day, but also at a fixed time. For example before going to sleep. Also give your baby its own books for the box made of hard cardboard, fabric or plastic.

From about nine months your child will find looking at pictures together in a book more and more fun. From about twelve months you can look at pictures together and talk and make sounds. For example: 'Look, a duckling. Quack, quack, quack says the duckling!' Respond to your child's reactions to the book. It's mainly about having fun together. This is called 'interactive' reading. So it becomes more of a conversation with your child, than that your child just listens. Specially "feeling books" or books with shutters that your child can open, are very suitable for this age.

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