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Advise on helping baby speak.

Baby is almost 18 months old and he only speaks mama and papa. How do I help him improve his vocabulary?

  • Anonymous
    Sep 09

    Talk to him, read to him- I read while he plays, he doesn't have to sit in order to listen, label everything you see, "tree", "house", tell him everything you are doing "now we are changing your diaper, now I'm going to wipe your bottom"

  • PK
    Sep 09

    Everything that previous poster said. My son loved taking walks with me around the neighborhood too. I would point stuff out to him. Eventually he started pointing stuff out himself and telling me what it was or if he didn’t know he wouldn’t say anything. And I would phrase that question for him, “what is that?” You can phrase the questions for them and then answer it. It teaches them how to ask questions. Also... singing!!! Listen to music, sing and dance!

  • Anonymous
    Wednesday

    Read!!! Almost everything my son knows is because we read a lot. Pick books that have a lot of things to talk about, and keep around the same 5-10 books so he can start to recognize and remember

  • Maeghan
    Wednesday

    Sing, read, talk about everything to them even if you think they don’t understand, describe and explain everything you do and see, and, most importantly, LISTEN when they talk even if it’s just babbling. I started reading and talking to my baby before he was even born and explain everything to him- even though it felt silly sometimes. My son is 18 months old and is speaking in clear, complete 5-6 word sentence and started short sentences around a year old. He is also early stage reading (describing the pictures he sees in books). Barring any mental or physical (like a tongue tie) limitations, talking is all about exposure and engagement. Good news is, it’s never too late to start!!

  • Nitika
    Wednesday

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions.