Children say the cutest things, even before they can really form full words. Nothing warms your heart like the first “Da-da,” and you’ll surely notice that babies don’t just communicate with words, the series of grunts, expressions and gestures all make up the ever increasing vocabulary of your little one. To help her vocabulary along, you should stimulate it as much as possible, although there is no need to play “teacher.” Simply being involved and active her in day is a great way to move her vocabulary forward.
The Daily Discussion
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When she points to a bottle and grunts or cries, ask her, “Oh! Do you want your bottle now? Here’s your bottle full of yummy milk!” She might not start chatting away immediately, but the words and association are filed away in her brain, and one day she’s surprise you by asking for “mil” or a “ba-ba” instead of just pointing.
Expose Her to Developmental Language
Older babies and toddlers are greatly impressed by these “big boys and girls” and will learn much from their company. Simply being in a social setting with other children speaking and laughing will encourage your child to open up that much more and try a few new words of her own.
Recognize Potential Problems
If your have any concerns about your child’s speech, be proactive and communicate this to your doctor as soon as you start to wonder. If there is a delay, the earlier you’re able to begin intervention, the faster you’ll see results. The vast majority of speech delays are resolved well before your child starts elementary school if not preschool.
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