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Helping Your Baby Communicate

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From the day he was born, your baby has been trying to communicate with you. That’s what all the crying, smiling, cooing, and babbling have been about. He’s saying, “I’m hungry,” “I’m sleepy,” “You make me happy,” and “I love you.” With each passing day, his communication skills improve. Sometime around your baby’s first birthday,he’ll probably come out with his first real word.

What’s more, speech development and social skills go hand in hand. Learning how to express his thoughts, wants, and needs will eventually help your child learn to connect with the people around him and become a sociable toddler. How can you support this amazing process?

• Help your child find words. At 6 to 12 months, your baby isn’t ready to start talking yet, but when he putsforth a syllable, he’s making an attempt at words. So when he says, “ba,” help him out: “Are you looking for your ball?Do you want your bottle?Where did you put your book?” Speak slowly and enunciate clearly so he can hear the different sounds and connect them to what they mean.

• Pay attention to your child’s nonverbal communications. Speech isn’t the only means of communication your baby will use. Between 8 and 12 months, he may start sending more and more nonverbal messages by pointing, gesturing, looking at what he wants, making faces, and even dancing. Grabbing a toy and banging it on

 
 

 
 
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It's the moment we've been waiting for: Our babies are trying a few words. 'Mama' and 'Dada' have never sounded sweeter. And many babies this age like being around children, too, although they don't interact all that much yet. Learn more.
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Singing or chanting to your child both soothes and comforts him. It's also a powerful means of connecting with him. Sing or chant anytime, anywhere.
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