Here are some tips for talking to your baby:
- Look at your baby's eyes while you are talking to her.
- Call your baby by her name.
- Keep your talk simple. Say "pretty baby." Use the words "mommy" and "daddy" when you talk to her.
- Watch for your baby's expressions and listen to her sounds. Make these same sounds and facial expressions back to her.
- Add gestures to your talk. Say "wave bye-bye to the dog" as you wave to the dog.
- Ask your baby questions. "Would Maria like to have her milk now?" "Does Maria want to go outside?" Ask the questions even though she can't answer.
- Talk about what you are doing. As you dress, bathe and change your baby, talk about what you're doing.
- Read to your baby. Babies love nursery rhymes and poems. You can even use a lively voice and read your favorite magazine or book to her. If you can, use books with stories that include a baby, a rattle or other common things. (You can find lots of children's books at your public library.)
- Sing to your baby. It is important while she begins to learn language skills.
- Watch for signals from your baby when you are talking to her. If she is smiling and keeping eye contact, she is saying she wants you to keep on talking.
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