- Mimic any sounds your baby makes. This encourages more vocalizations. These are also the sounds that will turn into words.
- If your baby begins making words, take these words and elongate on them. For example...if the baby says "mama", you might say "Yes I'm your momma".
This encourages taking turns and is the beginning of a conversation.
- Again, body parts is a wonderful concept to begin teaching. You can make up a rhyme and sing it to him. Such as "Tap, tap, tap, on my baby's nose, tap, tap, tap, on my baby's toes..."
Activity suggestions are courtesy of Laura Renfroe Christiensen, a Speech Pathologist working with children from birth to 18 months of age.