Reading Animal Books to Build Baby’s Language

Reading Animal Books to Build Baby's Language

 Animal books are great because they encourage speech and language development and babies love them! As you read animal books to baby, you can model animal names and sounds and leave space for baby to try to imitate. You can also show baby how to move like a certain animal as you make the animal’s sound. Make it fun and silly! As your baby gets older, they will likely start to imitate these sounds. Animal noises (also called onomatopoeias) are great for practicing early developing speech sounds (“m” in “moo, meow” “b” in “baa,” “n” in “neigh”) in a natural…

Building Baby’s Language By Exploring Nature

Building Baby's Language By Exploring Nature

When you take your baby outside and describe what is happening around them, you are helping them orient to the world. You are also building vocabulary by teaching words for the things they see (e.g. blue sky, yellow flowers, green grass). Here are some ways to build language outside: This is a great time to introduce weather and time concepts (e.g. “it’s sunny out, it’s daytime!” or “look it’s cloudy today!”). If it’s too hot, rainy, or snowy to go outside, bring baby to a window and describe what she is seeing outside. As she gets older, let her point…

Encouraging Your Baby to Express Wants & Needs

Encouraging Your Baby to Express Wants & Needs

Photo credit: Chrysty Clarkson Photography Newborns get their wants and needs met mostly though crying and body language. As babies get older their ability to express wants and needs improves. During this growth, frustration may occur because your baby isn’t able to fully communicate and may not even know what he wants in that moment. Encouraging your baby to request his wants and needs, at the level of communication he is at will empower him to communicate. Sometimes older babies use whining and crying to request what they want, even if they know how to use gestures, signs, or word…