Act Now…..Talking, Listening, Conversation
Talking, listening, conversation begins early even though your baby isn’t really talking yet. Begin to have early conversations with your newborn. Take turns “talking” by waiting for your baby to respond with a gaze, a gurgle or a coo. Give them wait time and maintain eye contact when you are carrying on your conversations. Use a gentle talking voice and if you get a chance, talk in front of a mirror. It allows your baby to see your mouth moving and they will begin to imitate you by making more sounds!
Sounds turn into words and before they are a year old…they will begin to imitate words you say often. Therefore, think about those key words you want to teach your baby such as ”please,” “thank-you,” “yes,” “no,” “Mommy,” and “Daddy.” Make sure you are using those words in your vocabulary as you talk with your baby. Don’t forget to use their name as well when you are having a conversation.
Finally….Talking, Listening, Conversation includes:
Intonation and expression are important, and your baby can learn to imitate that as you share experiences with them. When you are asking a question, make your voice go up at the end, and then answer yourself. When you see something beautiful, share your enthusiasm with your baby. Show them interesting things you see as you go through your day…a pretty card…a fancy flower…and make comments. Expect a response and nod with understanding and they will soon begin to talk back to you! Don’t forget hand motions and body language when you talk together. As they begin to respond, you will notice an increase in their responses along with emotional expressions like a smile or a giggle. Sometimes these conversations can last for quite a few minutes and you both will thoroughly enjoy them. They are trying to communicate with you!
It’s Your Turn:
- Talk to your baby
- Listen for a giggle or coo
- Look for a gaze or eye contact
- Develop language for literacy
Intonation and Expression
- Ask questions
- Show enthusiasm
- Share experiences
- Develop language for cummunication