Posted in Activities & Enrichment, Milestones & Development, Toddlers

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
    Sep 11

    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
    Sep 11

    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
    Sep 11

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

  • Abigail
    Sep 15

    Thank you all for sharing . If I may ask ? What are some of the titles of the books you read to your toddlers and where can we get some to buy. Thanks

  • PK
    Sep 15

    The best books for toddlers are the books about stuff they are interested in. My son loves dinosaurs, animals, trucks, trains and Halloween. So we have a lot of books about or related to those topics. What is your toddler interested in? Another way to discover new books to love is to go to your public library, get a library card and make it a point to go at least twice a month to check out some books. You’ll eventually find that your toddler keeps bringing the same few books to you to reread... and if you enjoy them to, then you can look into buying them! We usually get our books from amazon. Other than that we buy our books wherever we see them available (target, the zoo, Barnes and Noble, etc)