Baby talk can be fun for both you and your child as you watch the cheeky smiles and giggles they let out. But talking properly to your child is just as important as the fun stuff.  By talking to your child properly and regularly you are giving them the visual and audio knowledge they need to learn

Talk to Your Child Regularly

First things first: talk to your child regularly.  Research has proven that parents who regularly speak to their child have greater I.Q.s than other children.  Some people start talking to their child before they are born so that they get use to the sound of their voice.

Easy Stuff First

Start with some easy words and simple sentences.  Words such as “mum,” “dad,” “puppy,” “kitty,” “ted ted” and the like are great starters.  You can then put these into short simple sentences such as “Where is ted ted?” “Mummy loves you.” and “I see kitty.”  Don’t be afraid to use longer sentences at times.  You are your child’s teacher.  Everything they hear you say they are learning from.

Think of Accessories & Gestures

When talking to your child, be sure that they can see you moving your lips.  They learn from watching you and hearing the sounds of each word you speak.  Make some time each day for this.  You can even use props such as their favourite bear for “ted ted” or a picture of a cat for “kitty.”

Talk with expression.

Using expression in everything you say to your child makes them not only more interesting to your child but they find it easier to pick up each separate word.
Hand gestures are also great when talking to your child.  Using gestures allows your infant to understand what some words and sentences mean.  It also gets them more involved in what you are teaching them as they try to copy you.

Keep them Learning

As your child begins to speak or even when they begin to mumble the sounds don’t be afraid to use new harder words and sentences. Introducing new words and sentences keeps your child thinking and keeps them practicing the new sounds they hear.

Following these simple steps ,your child will be well on the way to a great future.  Don’t get discouraged if your child does not show any improvement or even interest in learning to speak. Some children just aren’t ready, but this doesn’t mean to stop.  There are also plenty of mobile phone apps and computer software available on the market to help children to speak if they have a disability. See your doctor before purchasing any if you think your child should be talking and they can help you work out which would be best.

Mike has a strong interest in child development and enjoys blogging on the topic. Mike also writes at Toysparadise.com.au, where he contributes reviews.

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