Hearing your toddler say new words and phrases is like music to a mommy’s ears. Even if you are the only one who can make out what your child is saying, you are filled with pride and joy. Really, is there anything more adorable than your baby saying “papa” or “nana” for the first time? Being a stay-at-home mom allows you plenty of ways to encourage your baby’s speech.
First, read to your baby regularly. Hearing you say words out loud will not only help your baby identify objects, but it will also help him or her learn to pronounce vowel and consonant sounds. Also, many places such as libraries and bookstores offer storytime. Visit http://memphis.about.com/od/familyfu1/tp/storytimes.htm to see a list of Memphis storytime locations.
Second, when your child uses words, praise her frequently. This will help language development.
Another good way to encourage language is to put on some tunes, and don’t forget to sing along. Your little one might eventually start to mimic you, and in the process, expand his dialogue.
Furthermore, be sure to tell your child the names of objects, and repeat this whenever you can. At first your child may just listen, but it is likely that he will soon start reciting the names of the items back to you.
Using first words or phrases is an exciting milestone for your baby. The only negative is that you might have to start watching what you say since your little one may eventually start telling all of your personal business. Uh oh.