Talking to your baby is always a great idea; no matter how you go about it. Your baby won't really...
Talking to your baby is always a great idea; no matter how you go about it. Your baby won't really start picking up word meanings until around six or seven months but talking to her before that is a good way to set the scene. feed-me.jpgBy about six months your baby's getting to where she'll be very interested in what you have to say. Some baby talking tips to follow include: Keeping it simple: Simple means you stay focused on single words most of the time. For example, you may say to her, "Book" as you show her a book and then follow up with, "Do you want to see the book?" Keep it going: A constant stream of chatter is a constant learning experience for your baby. The more you talk, the more she'll pick up. You do however, want to speak slowly when possible. Slow speaking allows your baby to clearly hear words and sounds. Use rhymes: Rhymes, songs, and poems are great ways to get your baby thinking about sounds and words. At six or seven months she'll love when you sing to her or make up goofy rhymes. It's far more interesting than the weather. Let her respond: Although she's babbling, not speaking words, it's still polite to wait for her to respond. If you ask her a question, pause, then continue talking. This allows her to notice the give and take and flow of conversations.

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