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.
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.