Your child learns to talk by listening to you. There are plenty of benefits talking to your child even if he is unable to understand everything you say. Read on to learn how a child learns and develops understanding for language much before he learns how to talk.
Your child’s first year and the following one are full of developments. You will find a lot of physical and mental developments going on in your child and that too very fast. Along with physical developments, you will find a lot of changes going on in his or her trial of using words and trying to make it as clear as possible.
When it comes to communication skills, you will be surprised to know that you can help your child develop these skills faster and perfectly. Therefore, instead of waiting for your child to say ‘mama’ and ‘dada’, you should talk to your baby often. Although, you might think that it is useless but it is actually very beneficial of making your baby speak early. All you need to do is smile and talk to your child or you can read a book to him or her as well.
The child learns to understand and speak the language by listening to you. It has been observed that most of the children have the same way of talking as their parents have and this is because they simply imitate their parents.
Development of Social Skills
When talking to your infant if you ask questions like, ‘is this good?’ or ‘I know you love this’ you will see that your child responds by babbling. This is when he starts understanding the social communication skills and starts learning these skills right from that time.
Formation of Sound and Words
When you talk to your baby he watches your facial expressions and movement of lips. This makes your child understand how words are formed and he or she learns speech patterns which are important for learning your native language.
Ability to Recognise Objects and Activities
If you repeat words like ‘mama’ and words that come in contact with the child daily and repeatedly, he will learn to recognize things and also related words with activities. For example, if you talk to your infant daily, ‘let’s sleep’ or ‘let’s have bath’ and so on, he will understand after some time what you are going to do.
When your child laughs or goos, you must respond to him or her by smiling or saying something. This will teach many basic social skills and make your child a responsive person when he or she grows up. Try to understand what your child is trying to say.
Development of Listening Skills
If you talk to your baby for the most part of the day, you will develop his listening skills automatically.
Studies have revealed that talking to your infant helps develop confidence in him and he grows up to a more positive and self-assured person.
If you talk to your child and respond to his expressions and cry, you will be able to see that you have a much stronger bonding with your child than expected.
How do Babies Learn to Talk?
Many parents wonder how their children learn to speak. Well children right from their early months observe their parents talking and they understand and learn. As soon as your child learns to sit, you can share reading and show him objects and activities by showing pictures.
In the first few months your child will love to hear your voice and smile and laugh at your talk. From 4 to 7 months your child will babble and goo as loudly as possible when you are talking. After that your child starts saying words and the journey goes on.
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