5 Tips For Encouraging Your Baby's Language Development
While your infant is unlikely to speak intelligibly before their first birthday, it's never too soon to build the foundations for verbal development. And, the beauty is, it's as easy as talking to your baby. We turned to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for some targeted ideas on how to encourage language development in infants.
If you're looking for some general milestones in your baby's speech and language progress, the Mayo Clinic offered the following: By the end of 3 months, they're likely to make cooing sounds, quiet or smile when spoken to, recognize a parent/parent's voice, and cry differently for different needs. By the end of 6 months, a baby is likely to make a variety of different sounds, whether they're playing with a parent or left alone, and become more observant of music and toys that make sounds. And, by the age of 1, many babies imitate speech sounds, say a few basic words, and recognize simple words and directions.
Read on for five ideas to encourage speech development from day one.