Indian Baby Care
Baby Language Development
The key language-learning years for children are known to be between birth and 6 years. Children learn language through listening and speaking - they do not need to be taught to speak. Hearing you in conversations will be enough for him to develop his own language skills.
Although all children learn language skills at different rates, there are some general guidelines as to the way your child will develop these skills. It is important for parents not to worry if their infant doesn't reach a milestone at "exactly" the right time. The ages for these skills are only approximate and are to help you see how your baby is developing.
The First Year
In these early months, you can en-courage your child's language and communication skills in many ways.
Let your child see your face when you talk.
Hang interesting toys over the crib for him to look at and reach for.
Name objects and people that he sees e.g. "cup", "Daddy", "ball", "book", etc.
Sing songs and repetitive nursery rhymes to him.
12-24 months
As his speech begins to develop, encourage his progress by building on all you have done in his first year.
Spend time with your child each day talking about what he is doing.
Join in with his games.
Sing action songs with him.
Read simple, repetitive stories and nursery rhymes to him. Books are the most valuable tools to helping the child to talk. Enjoy story time chats by reading stories aloud and pointing out and describing pictures. A nursery rhyme book is a very good start as he will be tempted to chip in and participate especially if he has heard it often enough.
Take him out and talk about the things you see together - daily routines provide great language-learning opportunities.
Avoid asking him to "say it"-you want him to enjoy talking, not to feel under pressure to communicate.
Offer him simple choices, e.g. "Do you want milk or juice?"
Sing songs and repetitive nursery rhymes to him.
Once he starts talking, you can help to extend his vocabulary by introducing action and describing words.
Talk about what you are doing as it happens, e.g. "We're eating rice"; "I'm washing my hands."
Sort household objects into big and small things, different colours etc.
Play finger rhymes.
24-36 months
There are a lot of good talking games to play at this age.
Lotto and other matching games.
Dressing and feeding dolls and teddies.
Reading lift-the-flap or pop-up books together. Choose books with exciting illustrations to share with your child and make story-telling a daily routine to be enjoyed together.
Involving him in simple daily activities like making juice or baking.
Finally, follow your child's lead. Try to observe the things your child is interested in and talk to him about it. Do not "force-feed" him with lessons that you would like him to learn. Instead be natural and proceed spontaneously. Let him share his thoughts and feelings about all his little discoveries in the world he is growing up in with you.