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Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

I can’t wait for my baby’s first words. Is there any way to help her learn?

Re: I can’t wait for my baby’s first words. Is there any way to help her learn?

The Bump Expert

The best way to help your little one along the language path is just to spend time interacting with her. It may seem silly to babble away to someone who can’t talk back, but time and time again, studies have shown that baby is constantly learning from what you say. Here are some other tips to ensure your little one morphs into a verbal genius in no time.

Talk baby to me. Even though baby talk might make you cringe, there is something to it. A 2005 study found that speaking to infants in that high-pitched, sing-songy voice may actually help them learn faster. That’s because baby talk also usually involves slowing down your speech and exaggerating sounds, making it easier for your little one to distinguish words and pick up speech patterns.

Pull out the big words. Though terms like “serendipity” may seem out of her grasp right now, starting with the more complicated words early can help baby pick them up quicker. It may take hundreds of exposures to big words, but the sooner you start, the sooner your little one will learn them.

Don’t rely on TV. While educational programs can certainly serve as a supplement (and a well-deserved rest for mom), they can never replace the face time you spend with your infant. A recent study of the popular video series “Baby Einstein” found that children who watched the DVDs regularly understood an average of six to eight fewer words than children who did not. Even the smartest TV shows are no substitute for you.

Make your household multilingual. Hope that baby will be a globetrotter some day? Research shows that children’s language-learning ability diminishes greatly after age 10, so it’s never too early to start learning a new one. Children who are exposed to multiple languages early on often go on to speak them fluently later in life.

Play games. Language doesn’t have to be serious business. Have fun with baby -- sing songs, learn nursery rhymes, or just plain make sounds -- anything to expose her to new ways to use words.

Visit your doctor. Early language experience is crucial for your little one, so make sure that she’s hearing you clearly. The sooner any potential hearing problems are detected, the better.

The Bump Editors

re: Q: Learning to speak?

This is a fantastic list of recommendations to help forster language development! I would also add that you should take turns with your infant. Let him/her have a turn even if it is body language or a babble, and respond to thier interaction. Repeat what your child sais "eg. your child-bababa , you-baba, yes that is a bottle!" If you have any concerns about your childs speech and language development consult with a registered Speech Language Pathologist.

angie16 |

re: Q: Learning to speak?

This says language development is slowed at age ten, I had always heard the break occurs earlier, around age seven. I know it's not really a big deal when we're talking infants, but if you're someone who doesn't know a language yourself, some community centers have language classes for 4 and ups which would encourage earlier rather than later.

posniv95 |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

Well Aly just spoke her words a few days ago and I think what did it was that my husband and I didn't talk to her in goo-goo baby talk. We spoke to her as we would a grown-up. Goo-goo baby talk soundss stupid and I don't think it does anything for your baby. I know a lot of us have done it. don't

Alex2097 |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

All the answers are great! Don't forget the value of reading great books. It can expose your child to words that you and your spouse may not use regularly, as well as a variety of language and speech patterns. Plus, they can help baby learn to associate words with pictures - and eventually with letters to get them on the path to reading!

BeautifulBooks |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

You seem really anxious about it, as if you can't wait to hear him say his first word; that’s nice, as long as you don't use a speakers bureau to convince him. I'm kidding, of course, I know the feeling. I used to talk to my baby boy a lot. And guess what, I'm so lucky that the first word he said was addressed to his father, I was not even around. Funny, I know.

TheodoraMorce |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

I understand your concern because I have a human services degree online and I know how important is communication. I believe that you should talk non-stop with your baby, to sing for him and eventually your baby will imitate you. The process will take time but with patience and love your baby will speak to you.

marta8080 |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

I understand your concern because I have ahuman services degree online and I know how important is communication. I believe that you should talk non-stop with your baby, to sing for him and eventually your baby will imitate you. The process will take time but with patience and love your baby will speak to you.

marta8080 |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

I've recently taken one of those masters in nursing online and I am working in the pediatric field. I learned that the best way to improve your child communication skills is to talk a lot with him. Sounds play an important role in our baby development and even if you cannot spend all your time with your baby it's ok to put him some music.

Ritarit |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

Teaching your baby to speak isn't easy at all. I'm sure that, beside your preoccupation there are several TV programs or even an online education course that may help. Still, this responsibility belongs to the parent who spend most of the time with him, almost in 99 percent of situations. A little advice: try to speak all the words very correctly.

LenBrannon |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

There isn't a standard method, but mostly I agree with your reply. I've been working in human services for years and there is only a big truth: a teacher will never be better than the parent. Of course, this happens when the parent has some basic teaching skills. In the matter of methodology the skills are roughly equal, but the teacher will never have the conspicuous determination of the parent.

TawnyCollyn |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

I've always though a baby is like an animal - you have to repeat certain actions until he memorizes them, this is a primary education, if you think about it. I'm not really far from the truth, considering we're mammals, like dogs and cats. Repeat certain words until he starts saying them, too, that's all. Good luck!

LindsaySkye |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

All I can say is I don't agree with those persons who use a goo-goo baby talk. We all love our children, but what will he understand from that altered language? He will eventually learn to speak like that, as someone who has a career in public health taught me.

CheyanneEdith |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

Associating words with objects is what does the trick most of the times. Someone with an academic degree also taught me that facial expressions can help teaching the kids, as well, due to the fact that they empathize with the parents. I hope that helps, good luck!

Noe Samuhel |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

There are all kinds of nontraditional learners that will teach you how to make a child understand our everyday language, because you must understand they too have a language of their own, although it's limited. The most important thing is to spend time with him, children learn more when they feel loved.

Christian Guillaume |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

First of all I believe the kids are learning very well from their parents. No teacher can educate better than the maternal figure. There's no need for a leadership program or another specialization. Good or bad, smart or low, a parent is the best teacher that a kid can have.

tylardean |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

You needn't be worried about your child not speaking yet, I believe Einstein didn't speak until he was four and couldn't read until he reached the age of seven and look what he turned up to be! There are people with important jobs and business degrees who still don't, but that's another problem!

KumaraKama |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

The human behavior is very complicated and unpredictable. Since I was a young boy I've wanted to know more psychology and I wanted to become doctor. My mother told me that all I learned in books is nothing compared with the fact that you're becoming a parent. Only then you start to understand it properly.

RonAbner56 |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

Ron Abner, the human behavior remains and will probably remain one of the most fascinating things we'll ever have to know. Just think about all those types of criminal human beings that hide their shattered character so well. It's really fascinating what the mind can do.

Lisha Savannah |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

If your LindsaySkye |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

If your goals are to make the baby talk, then you could start by reading to him every night; children tend to learn faster and understand more than us. It's because they're more interested in getting to know this world.

LindsaySkye |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

With my first child I had a really hard scare. He had 2 years and a half and he still was not saying any words. Luckily a friend that works in healthcare management put me in contact with a really good doctor and everything was sorted out. The doctor told me that he will start talking as time goes by and not to worry.

ShakiaCallo |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

My aunt makes some great progress with her toddler. In a couple of months, with great patience, she creates the premise for her toddler's first words. There isn't a general rule, it depends on how dedicated you are. It requires a great patience, also.

LenBrannon |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

I read recently an article on the same website about singing to the babies. Some scientists believe that if you're singing to the toddlers, then their capacity of assimilation is greatly increased. These ideas should be getting accepted by the scientific community, though.

tylardean |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

Well it depends of what makes you feel more comfortable upon this topic. But my fair belief is that we need to be very honest to them because kids these days are very smart and they absorb all the information that reaches them. Otherwise, they have plenty of time in their entire lives to develop their academic background. We need to ensure their bases as mature and aware people.

conquerer |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

I did so by spending a lot of time with my baby just showing him books, magazines, making him listen to stories, fairy tales on CD, just developing a bunch of activities of this kind to enhance his creativity. He got to thank me further on in life when he chose his online degree because he said I have been a path opener for him.

sensicalanne |

Q&A: How to help baby learn to speak?

As a parent, I don't agree that the TV should be responsible for my kid's first words. I have skills in multitasking so I searched over the Internet for the best learning methods. I haven't encountered any advice about teaching from the TV. What's the fun of being a parent if a tool does what you should do.

TawnyCollyn |