It is a fact that even the youngest of babies are busy learning how to communicate with their parents or guardians, and even though they may not be familiar with language, they are learning, and learning fast!
The better you respond to her, the faster her communication and language skills will improve.
Have you noticed, for instance, that your baby has already started waiting for her turn at communicating with you when you are playing with her or simply holding her?
Have you noticed that she says â€œCooâ€ and looks intently at your face to see what your reaction will be? When you â€œCooâ€ back at her, she understands that these are the basic rules of a conversation, and that she will wait for her turn when the other person is saying something, and only then she will be able to understand the conversation.
If you are a concerned parent who wants to improve your babyâ€™s language skills, then read on for tips on how to go about it:
- Talk constantly and naturally to her when you are with her. This will help her absorb the language, even if she hasnâ€™t learned to speak as yet. A language rich household does wonders for a growing child.
- Model your language; do not use incorrect grammar or slang when you are talking to your baby. This is so that at a later time, you will not have to correct her language; she would have learned the correct language from you when she was but a toddler!
- When you are communicating with your baby, you can describe what she is doing to her. For instance, when she reaches out to touch your face, you could say to her, â€œThatâ€™s my nose! Are you trying to touch it?â€ or, when she sees your family pet approaching, you could say, â€œI see you are excited! Are you happy that Rexxx has come to play with you?â€ These sentences and many others like them will make her understand what she is doing, and help her connect her ideas together in a coherent manner.
- Similarly, you could describe for her what you are doing, like for instance, â€œI am going to pick you upâ€, or â€œMommy is going to change your diaper!â€ This will make your baby learn her language in the context of experience.
- Read books, or tell her stories, even if you feel she is too young. This will help her develop her concentration and language skills, and you will be surprised at what you have achieved through these simple acts, at the end of the day!