how do you help your baby talk?

Jade - posted on 09/06/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my son was born on the 1st of dec and he still doesn' t much

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Most babies don't begin to talk much until they're around a year old. Even then it's usually one or two words. The best way to help your child to talk is to talk normal to them. No "baby talk" form your words correctly and call things what they really are.

Monica - posted on 09/06/2009

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That is normal. Continue to engage your baby in conversation and read to your baby. When your son is going through everyday routine talk with him. The more verbal cues he gets from those around him the better. He will talk.

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read. read. read. Talk to your child in normal adult speak. Your baby should be playing with sounds - and at this age most of the sounds s/he is making should be those of your primary language. baby jargon will come at about a year, to 14 months - which is where they seem to be "talking" but you can't make out a lick of what they are saying. but be an attentive listener and engage them in conversation - they are practicing "turn taking" - you ask, they answer, they ask, you answer.
When you are really worried - bring it up with the pediatrician. But truly - don't expect a coherent word out of your child until at least 16 months. if you get one earlier than that - consider it a bonus.

Denise - posted on 09/09/2009

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my son is 2 years and 2 months old and he says a few things here and there but from what everyone tells me. it is different with every child. but i do talk to him all the time and explain things that we are doing and seeing and it seems to be getting a little better. good luck. :o)

SaDonna - posted on 09/08/2009

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I have 4 and they all started talking at different ages. Don't "baby talk" when you interract with him, don't go to overboard intellectually either though. My youngest daughter started talking a couple months before she turned 3, while it did worry me, you have to stop and remember that they are independent minded even at that age, and will talk when they are ready.

Leslie - posted on 09/08/2009

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my son will be a year next month and just started saying mama about a month ago. its completely normal all my friends who have kids have all told me there kids didnt start talking until around they were around 1. all u can really do is talk to him and try reading to him. good luck.

Melony - posted on 09/08/2009

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I agree with the girls hun, you just need to talk to him about everything for eg. if you change his nappy, talk him trough it, when you bath him, do the same. Do this with everything you do, and he will be talking sooner than you think. But you might be a bit on the hasty side hun, they only really start pronouncing words well from about 18 months on up. Good luck and God bless :-)

Tessa - posted on 09/07/2009

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my little girl was having conversations with me by the time she was 18 months old but my little boy didnt talk much till he was 26mnths old appart from the odd word and i started to think he wasnt going to talk it all came at once with him, but all babys are different and learn things at different stages so u cant compare your child to another he will start sooner or later

Kelly - posted on 09/06/2009

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I think what Crystal ad Monica have said hold true. Our children learn from hearing us and those around us. If this is your only child and you find it difficult to talk through routines or just talk to him (because he doesn't respond back) put the both of you in situations with other adults or older children so that he can hear the conversations going back and forth. Reading to your child is also very helpful. It does not always need to be a childrens book. It can be the newspaper, a magazine, a cereal box, or anything that has words on it. The key is really just exposure and then pretty soon he'll be talking so much that you'll want to tell him to be quiet....:)

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