One of the biggest struggles for new parents is understanding how to communicate with your baby when they don’t have language yet. A baby can’t say “I’m hungry,” or “My diaper is wet.” Over time, however, most babies do learn spoken language. These tips will help new and experienced parents both accelerate their children’s language development and also help baby communicate with the tools they have right now.
10. Exaggerate Your Speech
When we speak to a baby, most adults find themselves pitching their voices higher, babbling and over-exaggerating the movements of their mouths. For a while, adults were told that using these tricks would keep babies from learning to speak properly, but modern research has shown that we are programmed to speak to babies this way, and that baby-talk helps babies learn language more quickly and effectively. Goo-goo-ga-ga to your heart’s content.
9. Use Sign Early And Often
Baby sign language started to become popular about ten years ago. Similar in concept to American Sign Language (although it is not the same), baby sign can work because babies gain the muscular ability to make gestures long before they have the muscle control and brain development to speak. Even a few simple signs like “more,” “down,” and “hungry” can make deciphering a baby’s needs much easier. Some research has shown that babies who sign talk faster than those who don’t.