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First Words for Baby
Talk to your baby… when you are changing a nappy… when you are bathing him or her… when you are both getting ready to go out… when you are preparing baby’s food…
Whenever possible, look at your baby as you speak, so that it’s clear the sounds are coming from your mouth – he or she will be familiar with your voice, but not exactly where it comes from. And put expression in your face… smile, laugh, open your eyes wide, nod your head. Play peek-a-boo games, and name things as you show them to baby – but they must be close and still, not across the road, surrounded by other objects, or flashing by as you walk past with the pram.
All these one-sided conversations will eventually have results… Baby’s First Word!!! The word may not be really clear, as your baby will have been doing lots of ‘chatty’ babbling while practising making different sounds. It could be the popular ‘mummum’ or ‘dadda’, or it could be his or her version of a favourite toy, or food. (My baby’s was ‘Doptit’ as – yet again – a toy fell from her highchair tray.)
Speech develops over a period of time, and generally follows a similar pattern. Ages and rates vary from child to child, so don’t be alarmed if your child’s speech is behind another of the same age. However, if progress seems to fall further and further behind, speak with your doctor, who may check for a hearing difficulty or some other problem.
At 8 months, baby:
- studies your mouth intently as you speak
- may respond to his or her name
- may use different tones, pitches and inflections when ‘babbling’
- may try to get your attention by making repeated sounds.
At 12 months, baby:
- may have many ‘words’ that feature the ‘hard’ consonant sounds
- will clearly be attempting to speak to you.
At 15 months, baby:
- begins to communicate by using hands, sounds and short words
- usually knows the word ‘no’ – though not necessarily knowing exactly what it means, and when to use it
- may show signs of frustration – by now, he or she understands hundreds of words, but cannot form them.
At 18 months, baby:
- may have a vocabulary of over 12 words
- imitates animal sounds and other sounds
At 24 months, baby:
- will probably use short sentences, using nouns and verbs
- will ‘read’ books
- may still get frustrated sometimes, as he or she can’t speak really fluently yet.
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