Talkin’ Baby Talk

Little girl and mom talking on pretend phonesYou've probably had countless conversations with your child. These may include the moment you found out you were expecting (those heart to heart talks with “the bump”), to those first intimate moments when you held your baby, to the day-to-day exchanges. Your baby will thrive in a language rich environment. These conversations are the start of supporting their growth and development.

Babies are developing their language skills from the moment they are born.

There are two different types of language development:

  • Receptive language development: how well a baby comprehends what you are saying.
  • Expressive language development: how a baby communicates with you and others.

How can you support your baby's language development?

It's easy and doesn't take much time. It certainly doesn't take many additional resources.

  • Be responsive to your child. From those earliest cries, coos, and smiles, interact with your child and let them know you are listening. When they coo, coo back. When they smile, smile too. Even making simple eye contact is important and will reinforce to them that you are listening and responding.
  • Carry on a conversation. This doesn't mean you have to do all the talking. Babies may speak a language of their own, including coos and then babbles. When your baby “talks” with you, talk back. Try using similar sounds that they are making. Introduce new sounds and words. It's all fun and games and an essential part of supporting your baby's language acquisition.
  • Tell your baby about it. Take the time to tell your baby what is happening in their life. It is important to share everything with them, from a routine diaper change to a visit to a friend. Even though your baby may not respond with words, these descriptions will support their receptive language development.
  • Read books. From the earliest days, books provide a wonderful and developmentally appropriate way to immerse your child in language. Don't forget what a wonderful resource your local library is!
  • Sing songs and listen to music. Music is embedded with natural rhythms that compliment the rhythms in our speech patterns. Music is a very enjoyable way to support language, both expressive and receptive.

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  1. Profile photo of jenelle jenelle says:

    My 4 month old son loves to talk lol. As soon as he wakes up in the morning he has lots to say lol. He’s learned his name too, I love calling his name and he turns to look, it’s adorable.

  2. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    I’m lovin’ it! Especially now she can speak few words and mimicking my actions

  3. Profile photo of Tasha Tasha says:

    I love listening and talking to my 4mth old, he has so much to say & he be so tickled when I talk back. Focus in

  4. Profile photo of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    I used to feel a little weird about baby talk now its natural.

  5. Profile photo of Amy Amy says:

    i love talking with my baby boy

  6. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    thats so super cute! my girls did that, my boy so far just listens to the music and gets excited or falls asleep to music

  7. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    my baby also likes to coo back and forth

  8. Profile photo of ChrisS ChrisS says:

    I talk to my 3 months old baby all the time. I read books, shows him flash cards or ABCs/animals/numbers, and singing to him. He always response to me. I love it! It seems like he understand me ^__^

  9. Profile photo of DH DH says:

    my son is cooing all of the time. It is so cute!

  10. Profile photo of DH DH says:

    My baby boy will be a month old on the 28th. We coo back and forth all the time 🙂

  11. Profile photo of MrsB MrsB says:

    This is great. My daughter does the same thing and we love it. Hard not to laugh while she’s doing it though because she gets very animated and excited while babbling.

  12. Profile photo of chanchal chanchal says:

    my baby is 3 month old…some time i feel that he wants to talk with me but somehow i cant understand him…

  13. Profile photo of revogurl06 revogurl06 says:

    my daughter is 7 weeks old and she loves to talk and babble. sometimes i think she is trying to say something.

  14. Profile photo of Jessica Jessica says:

    My daughter loves to talk. When we ask her what she did that day she will sit there and babble to you for a good 30 minutes and shes only 16 weeks old. Although she only talks to certain people.

  15. Profile photo of michael michael says:

    i talk and hold my niece all the time always sing the song you are so beautiful to me! lol and im always talking and istening to music with her and she loves watching maury anyway everthing is awesome

  16. Profile photo of karina karina says:

    MY BABY LOVES TO SING ALONG I THINK BECAUSE WHEN I SING TO HER SHE’LL START BABBLING LIKE SHE WANTS TO SING TO ITS AWESOME

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