Super Tips to Get Your Toddler Talking
Longing to hear your tiny one say a word or two? On average, toddlers are ready to utter their first words by one year or so. If you’re feeling anxious to get your toddler talking, remember that every child has a timeframe to start speaking that’s just right for him or her. Are you eager to support your child’s budding language skills?
Try a few of these easy, common-sense tips to get your toddler talking.
- Sing lullabies– Little ones hear words and absorb them. Lullabies often repeat words and phrases, which can become a source of comfort to the toddler. When your tot hears the words often enough, he or she will begin to recall the sounds of certain words.
- Read storybooks– Toddlers enjoy seeing and hearing colorful stories with easy, fun words. Try to read books geared to the young child, and you’ll be surprised at the way they can hold his or her interest. Some books even have sing-alongs built right into them—to the delight of little ones.
- Describe what you see and do– When you talk about what’s happening in the toddler’s world, he or she starts making connections between certain words. If you describe what the baby or you are doing, you may be helping to build the skills that are precursors of language.
- Repeat words and phrases– It’s helpful to repeat what you say. This supports a young tot in developing the awareness of certain sound associations. Some experts claim that for adults, it takes at least 28 times of repeating something before it becomes ingrained. Imagine how much longer it might take for a young human to learn something new?
How do you get your toddler to talk?