Speaking is a critical aspect of language, through our first cries and gestures, we were already born as natural communicators. While everyone learns to speak at a unique pace, with simple activities, we can help infants reach their full language potential.
Birth: Newborns need to feel safe and trusting in their environments. Initially, they will communicate through cries and body language, so we must translate their expressions and react respectively.
Two – Three Months: Your infant starts making new sounds! Encourage these newfound coos and strike up a conversation. Hold your baby up close, chat face-to-face, and enunciate slowly.
Four – Five Months: Infants will begin to exercise a wider range of sounds. Watch the delight in their faces when you imitate their sounds!
Five – Nine Months: Your baby has completely transformed into a babbling virtuoso. Continue to engage in conversation, describe ongoing life, and read books together.
Ten – Twelve Months: Around this time, infants are able to accomplish basic tasks and may start to say a few words. Request your infant to carry out simple acts, such as waving or pointing out objects.
Other Daily Tips:
- Use proper language (never use “baby-talk”)
- Make music
- Eliminate distracting background noise
- Go on trips and run errands together
Did you find any of these activities useful? What are your experiences with infant language development? Let us know your stories in the comments below!