You hear people say things like, "Most of teaching a baby to talk is you setting an example." Well, in...
You hear people say things like, "Most of teaching a baby to talk is you setting an example." Well, in theory it makes sense, but in reality... I've talked everyone's ear off since I myself popped into the world, including my son's tiny ears when he was born, and my son was a late talker. So, it's not always based on the parents. That said, you talking to your child is important. Even if you have a late talker, it doesn't mean he's not listening and soaking in your words. Other tips for teaching your baby to talk... Listen. Talking is not everything. Listening to your tot is important too. Even as your baby babbles away, you responding shows him how conversations happen. When you ask a question, wait for an answer. When your baby babbles something, respond with an answer yourself. Label his world. Labels rule and at a young age, babies do start to pick words up. You saying book or oatmeal over and over helps. Don't baby talk. I'm not that annoyed by baby talk (some parents and experts REALLY frown on it). That said, it's not the best way to teach your baby to talk. Speak to your baby how you like to be spoken to. Don't force. There are truly late talkers. They're not always behind or ignoring you, sometimes babies are just too busy to concentrate on talking. You pushing or punishing because of a lack of words will accomplish nothing but an upset baby. Correct if you want, but carefully. If you nicely correct, it's fine. Keep in mind that there's no such thing as the perfect speaking baby. All baby's pronounce some words funny at first (and for a while after they start talking even). For example, if your baby asks for a "nana" just say, "Sure you can have a banana" - this is correcting with no pressure. What sorts of things are you doing with your baby to encourage speech?

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