As parents, one of the things that excites us most is seeing our children’s development on a daily basis. Babies change so quickly that many times we are amazed and sometimes even overlooked. I remember when my little daughter uttered her first babbles, her first syllables. I remember when she said “mama”, I felt my heart explode and my body float. My baby had called me mama! I was still too young to understand that she was naming me, but that didn’t matter to me. Her laughter, her little cries of joy are gifts that life gives us and make us happy until the most difficult day.
For our child to develop language, it is necessary for him to investigate the sounds, that is, to experiment and make the different sounds, until he discovers the possibility of communicating. To help him in this important and necessary acquisition, it is also fundamental that we stimulate him.
This stimulation can take place in different ways:
1. When we bathe him, change him or give him massages, we name the different parts of his body.
2. Singing songs to him. Personally, it is one of my favorite activities and we know how important music is for human development. Songs accompanied by body movement are very helpful because the baby is very curious to see a sound associated with a particular gesture.
3. Saying poems, rhymes, tongue twisters with different intonations. They love that.
4. Tell them stories. I remember one day my baby, who was just 4 months old, fell asleep while I was telling him a story. Maybe they don’t understand them at first, but it’s a good start to getting into the habit of reading, too.
5. Sitting together in front of the mirror and talking so he can imitate the movements of his mouth.
6. When he utters his syllables or babbles, repeat them. Imitating them is one of the ways to start a dialogue and will give her the assurance that she is on the right track.
7. In every activity we do, we talk to him, for example: let’s take a bath, let’s go to sleep, what a nice milk, etc. Repetition is the key.
The last recommendation is to speak to them softly and clearly, looking them in the eye. You’re sure to find fun variations and to bond with your little baby.
Remember that every child has its own time to mature. We don’t want to make demands on our child that he or she is not prepared for. When he starts talking, it is important not to repeat his baby talk, but to correct him and name things by their correct name. If you have any doubts about your child’s development, consult your pediatrician.
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