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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…

Responding Positively Encourages Early Communication

Responding Positively Encourages Early Communication

Photo credit: Chrysty Clarkson Photography Positive responses to your little one’s communication encourages more communication. You can help your child feel proud and happy when they initiate communication with you in whatever way they are able to. Here are some ideas: Model language for baby by talking to her and ask her questions about what she is experiencing. Listening when baby is initiating communication is also very important. When baby is done verbalizing or communicating in whatever way she is able to (smiles, coos, babbling, gestures), follow with positive feedback to celebrate communication attempts. Label the word/phrase/emotion you think she…