As parents, there’s nothing better than watching your kid reach a new milestone, especially when they start talking! Finally being able to communicate with our children makes parenting much easier. All kids develop at their own pace, but there are still a few things you can do to encourage them.
1. Watch for Cues
As mentioned above, the constant talking to your baby is always a good thing to do at an early age. Instead of mindless babbling however, try to observe your child’s reactions and interests, as these could be cues on what to respond to. If you notice your baby grabbing for a blanket, try interacting with the blanket and talking about it in the process.
2. No TV
When you get tired of talking for a little while, don’t just turn on the television to supplement your interaction with baby. Studies have shown that infants who watch television actually develop less of a vocabulary than those who don’t. TV can’t respond to your child in the way a parent can, and thus shouldn’t be used to encourage your child to start talking.
3. Respond to Baby
The closer your baby gets to talking for the first time, the more random babbling they’ll likely be doing. Try to ask your child questions and talk to them in a way to incite a response form them. When they respond with whatever sound they have, reply as if you actually understand!
4. Early and Often
While it may seem pointless to be constantly talking to a new baby who you know won’t be able to answer back, it’s certainly better than not at all. In fact, your child’s hearing and ability to respond to sound is very well-developed by birth, so your talking is certainly not falling on deaf ears. Keep talking – your child is absorbing more than you realize!
5. Read a Book
When your child is too young to understand anything that’s going on in a book, the experience of reading to them is the important part. Reading very simple children’s books to them is a great way to get a ton of new vocabulary circling around in their brains. Also, it’s helpful to use the pictures in the book to talk about to your child. Try to use one or two words to describe specific images or objects in the book.
Guest Blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
For more information, visit www.woombie.com.
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