Before your baby can start to understand you and talk to you there are ways in which you can benefit from talking to him/her.
1 LEARN TO LILT
A lilt is talking in a sing-song voice which will capture your baby’s attention, especially if you’re alone, so he’s not distracted by other people, toys or noises. Your baby listening to you speak is so important just by getting them to pick up the way you sound and interpret the language you are speaking.
2 ELONGATE YOUR VOWELS
You might be already doing this, but speaking clearly and elongating your pronunciations, vowels and words makes it a lot easier for your child to pick up on the word your mouthing. You can stretch the vowels in your words for example, “shoooooes” “baaaby” or “Daaady”.
3 ILLUSTRATE THEIR WORLD
Look at what your baby is looking or pointing at, guess what he/she might be thinking about and then speak those thoughts out loud. Such as ‘Ooh, what a noisy car!’ or ‘Look at the dog’. ‘You’re showing that you are interested in what they are thinking about and are communicating with them, as well as encouraging them to speak.
4 FOLLOW your baby’s GAZE
When your baby is around eight months old they will start to follow where you are looking so you can talk to them about something you are looking at. For example, ‘It’s a ball, isn’t it? Can you see the ball?’ ‘If you and your baby are looking at each other, they will be more likely to be paying attention and try to communicate with you.
5 TAKE TURNS
When you have said something to your child wait and see if he/she made a reaction to what you have been saying such as a smile, a laugh or even just seems to be concentrating with you, this way you are showing your baby that you are communicating with him/her and are developing a relationship together.