Have you ever wondered why your baby is vocal when he or she is alone? Or what they may be trying to communicate? While making sense of the goo-goo, ga-ga, baby babble is challenging, according to psychologist Katherine Nelson, baby talk is the way small children communicate and recreate their world by re-telling and interpreting experiences from their day.
Nelson’s Crib Talk theory suggests that this early form of communication is crucial for developing your child’s emotional and cognitive skills. Your child will re-enact everything that happened in the day, so don’t be surprised if you hear an imitation of you.
Few baby milestones are as thrilling as your child’s first words. Your baby might babble his/her first ‘dada’ or ‘mama’ at around six to eight months. Pampers®, who researches baby and toddler milestones, believes monitoring baby’s speech helps you understand what they are trying to say and where they are in their development as such they have listed an easy stage-by-stage guide to baby talk:
According to Sister Lilian, the best way to stimulate speech development is to talk and listen to your tot, and to interact and play with them. She lists five important things to keep in mind:
- Have a one-sided running conversation with your little one from early baby days
- Use lots of expressions and gestures
- Speak, sing, play music, recite nursery rhymes and read stories to your tot as often as possible
- Be encouraging – show them you’re pleased when they speak!
- Don’t finish their sentences for them, let them say the words
“The rate of speech development varies drastically. Remember, your little one may understand more than she can say, and some tots say very little, and then suddenly start speaking sentences! Language develops as children play and interact with others, and more physical tots may take a little longer. Tots with older siblings often speak less, as their siblings speak for them!” concludes Sister Lilian.
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