This week’s focus is on verbal skills. Don’t down play goo goo ga ga. It is an important step of language development called babbling. In babbling you notice that your child’s patterns mimic moods and modes in her life.
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Songs and music will sink into your child’s memory and last a lifetime. Sing familiar nursery rhymes and songs often! “The Itsy, Bitsy Spider”, “This Little Piggy” and “Ride Little Horsey” are popular “old favorites”! What are some other songs your child enjoys?
Imitate the sounds you hear around your house: water running, washing machine, a pet, a doorbell, etc. Eventually your child will mimic or join you as you make these sounds.
Diaper/dressing time is an opportunity to provide exposure to names of body parts. “Look! Here are your toes. There is a sock on your toes!” “I see your tummy!” This is a great way to teach names of body parts.
Your child is becoming much more talkative by now and is still learning new words. Listen as your child babbles away. Eventually you will hear a new word that is a “real word.” Repeat the word and praise your child.
Before you perform an action, tell your baby about it. “Mommy is going to change your diaper!” “Daddy is going to make lunch.” “It’s time to get ready to leave; let’s put on your shoes.”