Before your baby learns to speak, you will hear him babble and play with sound. For your baby, that is also talking, even if the conversation is not understood. Many parents wonder when they will hear their baby’s first words, and it is a wonderful moment for everyone!
That the little one begins to speak means a huge step in language and communication, essential for development! Critical language milestones occur in the first three years of life when a child’s brain develops very quickly. During this time, the baby’s speech development depends on his “talking” skills, as well as the stimuli that the environment offers him and his development capacity.
Ideas to stimulate language in the 1-year-old baby
Babies understand what you say long before they begin to speak clearly. Many babies who are first learning to say a word or two understand more than 25 words spoken to them!
If you want to stimulate your 1-year-old’s language, you can! Next, we are going to give you some ideas for you to consider. In this way, your baby will be stimulated and will want to talk sooner than you expect.
Notice their non-verbal language
Your baby may raise his arms to tell you that he wants you to hold him; he may point to water or a toy. It is also possible that he rubs his eyes when he is sleepy… When he shows you what he wants through his body language because he still cannot explain it in words, smile, make eye contact, and respond with words to his non-verbal attempts to communicate with you.
Imitate their sounds
Pay attention to your baby’s babbling and babbling those same sounds directly to your baby. Babies try to imitate the sounds their parents make and vary the pitch to match the language around them.
Smile and applaud even the tiniest or most confusing attempts to talk about your baby. Babies learn the power of speech from the reactions of the adults around them. In this sense, your reaction is essential for their learning, and they must be positive reactions!
Pronounce the correct words
Babies love hearing their parents’ voices. When parents talk to them, language development is happening! The more you talk to your baby using short, simple, but correct words, the more likely your baby is to develop her language properly.
Talk and talk
Talk about what you are doing while you dress him, feed him, clean the house, change his diaper… “let’s get in the bathtub,” “let’s put the red socks on”… That way, your baby can connect the speech with the objects and experiences around him. She will be learning a great deal of vocabulary from what you say to her on a daily basis.
Is this what you say?
Even when you don’t understand what your baby is saying, keep trying. Slowly repeat what you think he is saying and ask if it is correct. Keep offering your loving attention so that your baby feels rewarded for trying to talk.
During playtime, follow your child’s attention and interests to show that communication is a two-way game of talking and listening, leading and following. So you can understand how important speech is! Let your baby “lead” in the conversation so that she feels like a protagonist.
Lots of reading
Longtime readers come from young children who had much fun and relaxing experiences of parents reading aloud to them every day. This helps children to connect emotionally with their parents and develop a lot of vocabulary that will help them begin to speak.