Using Talk to Encourage Brain Development
- Say your baby’s name often.
- Take turns making the same sounds as your baby. Babies learn that people react when they make sounds.
- Talk to your baby during bath time, play time,
- diaper changing, and feeding time. This is how your baby will learn the daily routine.
- Talking to your baby will help your baby learn to talk.
- Help your child learn to talk by adding words. If your child says, “Milk,” you say, “Do you want some milk?”
- Help your child learn new words by explaining what is happening during the day. “You are
- using your spoon to eat your peas.”
- Name your toddler’s feelings, such as happy, sad, mad and scared.
- Sing simple songs. Use lots of rhyming words. Play children’s music at home or in the car.
- Talk to your child about his or her day. Ask
- questions that begin with who, what and why.
- Talk about what happens during the day.
- Use complete sentences to describe what is happening around you and your child.
- Ask children “what if” or “I wonder” questions. “I wonder what will happen if we leave the ice cube on the kitchen counter.”