Developmental milestones include:
- She is responding to her name
- She makes her own sounds in response to sounds that she hears
- She is starting to experiment with her babbling
- She is trying to imitate sounds
- The range of sounds she can makes is growing
- She can hold a ‘conversation’
All children are different and develop at different rates, so don’t be overly concerned if your baby is acquiring new skills at a different rate to those around her. But if you are worried about her development, talk to a health professional for a little reassurance.
What can I do to encourage her communication?
- Play copycat games. Your baby will love it when you copy his sounds
- Have ‘conversations’ with your baby, waiting for a pause in her babble to ‘answer’.
- Ask her questions – and wait for an answer. Your tone of voice should signal to your baby that you have finished taking and now it’s her turn.
- Introduce your baby to simple words that apply to his everyday life. Use the correct word rather than babytalk – this will help her speech patterns later on.
- Read a book with your baby – at this stage, she’ll start to be interested in the illustrations as well as the sound of your voice, so try to choose a book that has bright and clear pictures.
This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot.