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The beginning of language

          Some toddlers pick up words faster, others take longer to express themselves by saying something. There is no such a thing as deadline for children when they must start talking, but there are few ways you can help them learn words faster. We all know that first word usually is quite simple as mispronounced “mama” or “dada”, learning to communicate is very important part of being a toddler and that will help prevent him from being too frustrated, so help get him to chat with the following tips.

          Talk from day one

Right from the newborn stage, create a new habit of talking to your baby so he can hear your voice and tune into language. You might feel silly, but even if he will not understand anything, you will soon feel completely normal telling your baby about your weekend plans.

          Read books

Even when your baby can barely focus or understand what are you saying, let him listen to your voice and try to understand what is happening in the fairytale you are reading. Stick with it even if he is not listening and read with enthusiasm, it will pay off later as you will be passing on the joy of words and language. It helps to have favorite books which you read time and time again. The rhythm and familiarity of the same phrases will help your baby grasp the connection between words and objects. Maybe books will be the reason why he will learn few words faster.

          Turn off

If you always have the radio on in the background, try to turn it off while you reading or talking. Your toddler will find it easier to absorb words and learn to repeat them if there is a quiet background.

          Repeat words in the right way

If your baby only half says the words or has his own version of them like ‘ga-ga’ for grandma, do not correct him just say “Yes that is right, that is Grandma.”

          Name objects

When you are together, for example, eating breakfast and you pick up a spoon or a bowl, remember to say the words ‘spoon’ and ‘bowl’ and encourage him to repeat it. Even if he does not succeeds, he only form a letter or two, make sure you praise him.

          Sing nursery rhymes

Repetition and songs are great ways to get your toddler interested in language and repeating sounds. Use facial expressions too. It should help strengthen the language. Try everything from songs to rhymes.

          Ask your baby’s opinion

If you are chatting with your toddler, do not forget to wait a bit that he could “reply”. This teaches him the rhythm of conversation and encourages him to join the chat. Even before he is talking, he will have a lot to say by way of grunts, coos, gurgles and babbles. Respond happily to these contributions! Encourage your baby to talk all the time. Play some games with him that includes talking.

          Experiment with signs

Your baby is definitely trying to communicate with you and although he cannot talk yet, he can show some signs. A lot of parents say that signing reduces frustration as children can communicate before they use language to do so. It does not prevent language development as long as it is connected with spoken language.

          Chat with you baby as long as you can. Have a free minute? You know how you can use it. The most importantly, have fun! If you will, your child will to. It is very important yo

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