Our child's first words are often something we eagerly wait for and never forget. These first words are often our first insight into our child's thoughts and hearing them, especially if they are “muma” or “dada” is super exciting.
But how do you get from simple sounds to first words? Read some tips to help your baby learn to talk!
There is so much we can do to support this lovely early language. Children are like sponges, so what they see and hear us do is what they will try to copy. When starting out, think about the language your child will see, hear and will want to use most … e.g. names of special people (mummy, daddy, grandad, etc.), favourite toys (bunny, car, teddy), instructions (yes, no, look). These are the words that will be most useful and therefore most motivating to get your little one talking.
It is never too early. Although most children use their first words around 12 months, they start learning about language and communication from their very first few days of life. Try and chat with your child about the day to day things you are doing together and name the things you see and do along the way.
Typically they will start to use vowel sounds, then add some early consonants like “BBB”, “DDD” and “MMM”, and then often around 12 months some single words might emerge. Like most things with children, their developmental timelines are all a little different. Therefore do not worry if other children are progressing at a different rate than yours. However, if you ever have any concerns you can talk to your Health Visitor or contact your local Speech and Language Therapy department.
If you are not sure where to start, have a look at the Speech Blubs App. There are loads of activities, songs, conversation starters and games to support early word learning and to give you ideas of words you can model to your child when you are out and about. Play with your toddler and talk about what you see and do in the app!
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Have a go this week at encouraging some early words. Pick a time that is good for you and your child and have some fun! Discover more ideas on how to encourage communication, how to play with your toddler and how to use Speech Blubs App to your advantage.
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