Parents often ask when they should start talking and having conversations with their babies. The answer is always the same: from day one! Conversations with your baby are crucial for their language development, and it’s never too early to start.
Even before your baby can understand words, they are listening to the sounds of language, which can be like music to their ears, and begin trying to make sense of them. By talking to your baby frequently, you are exposing them to a rich variety of language sounds and patterns, which will help them to learn to communicate.
One of the best ways to communicate is to look face to face with your child and use your instinctive sing-song voice that many parents use when talking to their baby.
So, what should you talk to your baby about? Anything and everything! For instance, when changing the baby, talk about the diaper, the onesie, and, more everyday aspects of the child’s environment. Use a variety of words and sentences, always pausing and waiting for a response which could be the baby getting quieter, eye contact as they get older and cooing, babbling, and jargon depending on their age. Narrate your daily routines, describe what you’re doing and where you’re going, point out objects in your environment, and sing songs or recite nursery rhymes. The key is to stimulate your baby to as much language as possible, in a fun and engaging way.
It’s also important to remember that every baby develops at their own pace, and there is a wide range of what is considered “normal” in terms of language development. However, if you have concerns about your baby’s language development, don’t hesitate to talk to your pediatrician or a speech-language pathologist.
In conclusion, communicating with your baby is crucial for language development. Keeping the conversations going as your baby grows, using the everyday environment such as the home, supermarket, and car is a wonderful way to promote language development. With these simple strategies, in the baby’s natural and loving environment, you can play an important and essential role in promoting strong speech and language skills in your child as he /she continues to develop. baby on the path to strong language skills and communication abilities.
The Speech Therapy Centres of Canada is a team of dedicated speech-language pathologists (commonly known as S-LPs or speech therapists) and speech-language pathology assistants (S-LPAs) who provide assessment and therapy services to children and adults with communication disorders. Our S-LPS, S-LPAs and support staff are truly committed to providing the highest quality of service to our clients and their families. We understand that navigating the world of speech therapy may be daunting so our client services team is prepared to help you every step of the way.