Tips for helping your baby to talk

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Written on31/07/2010

Tips for helping your baby to talk

Hints and tips from Boots to help your little one develop his or her speech and language skills.

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Tips for helping your baby to talk

Hints and tips to help your little one get the hang of talking and strengthen the close bond you share.

Talking tips

By chatting to your baby from the moment they arrive, you'll help them to understand the idea of a conversation. Once your child can say around 100 individual words, he or she will start to put short sentences together. This normally happens around the age of two.

Here are some starting points for helping your toddler to talk.

Story telling:

Start looking at books with your baby from an early age. You don't have to read the words, just talk to your little one about what you can see.

Show and tell:

Point out things to your toddler when you see them, for example, 'there's a car.' Then add more detail, 'there's a blue car.'

Music to your ears:

Nursery rhymes and simple songs are a great way for children to learn as the rhythm helps the words to sink in.

Small talk:

If you start to repeat the sounds your baby makes back to them, your baby will learn to copy you.

Speak their language:

Use short, simple sentences. Once your little one starts talking, use sentences that are one or two words longer than their own.

Decisions, decisions:

You can help encourage them to talk and increase their vocabulary by giving them choices, for example, 'would you like an apple or a banana?'

Over to you:

Give your little one the chance to talk whenever or wherever you can such as in the bath or the car. Prompt them by asking them simple questions.

Right from wrong:

If your child is trying to say a word but gets it wrong, say the word in full, but don't tell them off for giving it a try!

Take it in turns:

Playing games where you have to take turns, for example Round and Round the Garden, will also help their language to develop.

The last word:

Try to restrict their use of a dummy until bedtime as it's harder to learn to talk when you have a dummy in your mouth!

Talking shop

We have some useful products to help you chat with your little one, including books, fun bath toys and interactive learning toys. Check out these products...

The Mamas & Papas Snug Activity Tray will keep your baby entertained, encouraging smiles, laughter and verbal interaction.

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The fab Lamaze Torin the T-Rex Hide 'n' Seek book comes with a fun, textured toy for you and baby to explore the bright, colourful pages and create stories together.

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The Nuby Splash 'n' Catch Net Bathtime Fishing fun game helps develop baby's motor skills and sparks first words while they splash about in the tub.

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