Talk to your baby - 6-12 months


Chatter Matters

When talking to your baby try to get down to your child's level so they can see your mouth and facial expressions. When playing try to follow your child's leads and what they are playing. As your child plays comment on what they are doing, using actions or objects as you are talking helps them make connections with what you are saying.

Talk through everything you do as you are around the house and when you are out and about, making connections to the world around you both listen out for sounds, different things you both see and things they may recognise.

When you speak talk slowly and clearly so your baby can hear what you are saying, repeating key words or repeating what your child says can help them remember the words as well as acknowledge what they said.

Through the eyes of a child 6-12 months

A short film from the Communication Trust, narrated by Kathy Burke, with  helpful tips to support our 6-12mth olds communication. Worth a watch!

You may find our TLC Out and About cards helpful for some further tips please click on the link on the sidebar to download.

For more information about talking to your baby click the link on the sidebar.

Top Tip

When out and about try and involve your child in what you are doing for example ask them to help you with the shopping by finding the items for you. Involving them in what you are doing keeps them busy and feel like they have an important job so therefore keeping them focused for longer. When you are out and about there are so many things to see and hear, point them out to your child so they start to make connections between the big red bus and the noise they can hear. Try not to be tempted to offer your child a phone or tablet when out and about, as much as it will distract your child and perhaps make things easier on the a busy day, it stops your child noticing the world around and its a missed opportunity for learning and discovery.
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