Babies need to learn that when people speak they take turns. Answering an infant when they gurgle, coo or babble will help them to understand and learn this concept. From as young as three months, babies will wait for a response after ‘speaking’. Wait for them to finish and then respond.
Encourage more ‘talking’ by smiling, maintaining eye contact and sounding enthusiastic about what they say.
Infants also enjoy hearing things repeatedly. It assists them in the learning process, and provides a sense of security and familiarity.
Try these fun games out. 99.9% of the time you’ll most likely be rewarded with a happy bubbly smiling face:
- Play peek-a-boo. hide you face behind your hand then pop back into view, exclaiming ‘peek a boo!’, or ‘I see you’.
- Hide a favourite toy and ask where’s ‘teddy’. Then produce the toy exclaiming ‘there he/she is (giving the name of the toy).
- Play mirror-mirror. Ask something like ‘where’s Amy’s ear?’, then point to the child’s ear and say ‘here’s Amy’s ear’, etc.
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