Your baby's vocalisation and verbal experimentation may sound adorable, but it may also be completely incomprehensible to you. But if you pay attention, you'll hear the first real word one day. Ma-ma and da-da sounds will likely be stringed together in your baby's mouth by 9 months, but he or she will not necessarily know what they mean. It's a magical moment when those sounds begin to turn into words with meaning. But do you know talking of a baby mostly depends upon its observation power and how she perceives the surroundings. Parents too play a crucial role in the baby’s phase of learning how to talk.
Between the ages of 9 and 14 months, babies begin to speak—that is, attempt to express themselves in words with meaning. Babies, on the other hand, begin learning to speak as soon as they're born, primarily through observation and imitation of you and other people. The average age at which a baby utters their first word is one, but this can vary greatly from child to child. There are some perfectly healthy babies who do not say a single recognisable word until they are 18 months old, while others begin to communicate in word-sounds as early as 7 months.
"Da-da" may be your baby's first "real" word because it's easier for babies to say than "ma-ma". First words such as "uh-oh," "bye-bye," and "no" are also common at 18 months of age.
Role of a parent
Your baby's first words can be aided if you talk to him a lot! Verbal cues from you will be readily interpreted by your baby. As you dress your baby, cook dinner, or walk down the street, describe what you're doing. The names of things and people should be spoken. You can help your baby learn by reading to him and pointing out the names of the objects he sees in the pictures he sees.Some of the tips are listed below that you should try when the baby starts to talk these tips will probably speed up the process of learning.
Have conversations: Hold one-on-one conversations and listen to what he has to say if he responds. Make eye contact, smile, and show him that you're listening when he speaks. When you pay attention to him, he'll be motivated to try again.
Be slow and clear: Make your words count by speaking slowly and clearly, and focusing on one word at a time. For example, slowing down as you flip through a picture book, or explaining in simple language what you're doing as you put it back on the shelf, can help your child understand and focus on individual words.
Keep pronouns out of it: As much as possible, use full names of people instead of abbreviations like "this is Mommy's coffee" or "this your bear," which can be confusing to babies and make them wonder what you mean.
Begin by singing and rhyming together: Nursery rhymes and songs are a great way for your baby to learn basic language skills.
Repetitions: Despite how tedious it may seem to you, repetition is incredibly interesting to your child because it helps reinforce your child's growing understanding of how a particular sound attaches to a specific thing—in other words, what individual words really mean.
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