Article by Pammy Brown

No doubt, your precious newborn is going to need plenty of love, attention and care during the first year of his life. How do they tell you what they need, and better yet, how do you understand what they need before they get frustrated and distressed? Learning how to understand how your baby learns language and communication can help you ascertain his needs as well as strengthen your bond with him/her. Follow these time line guides to listen and understand your child before they begin talking.

From birth to four months newborn babies begin to learn the sounds of language. They are capable to learn any language but they will begin to tune into the sounds of Mom, Dad and family members. Educational baby toys and books, such as Baby Einstein’s Language Nursery Board Book, feature words in different languages which can stimulate baby’s language development when he hears the different language sounds. They can also discern voice tones. Babies at this age can tell the difference between happy, sad and angry voices. They also will react according to these voice tones. “Baby talking” to your newborn at this time is a great way to show your baby you are happy. Infants learn better when they hear you speak slowly and enunciate your words.

From five to seven months your baby will begin understanding the language that is your family’s native tongue. They begin to imitate these sounds with simple sounds and coos. Learning to understand these coos can help you bond and relate to your baby. This is a great milestone for your newborn baby. They now understand the meaning to the word “Mommy” and “Daddy.” Now is the time to talk to your baby as much as possible. Saying the word as you point to the object will help your baby familiarize the concept of language.

Eight to nine months your baby is beginning to explore. They are crawling and experiencing new things. This is a great time to teach your baby language principles. They begin to understand the meaning of the words, yes and no. Be sure when you are using these words, use clear-cut body language that goes along with the words. You may want to shake your finger back and forth when you use the word “no.” Nod your head up and down when telling your baby “yes.” He will soon understand the correlation between words and body language. This can be extremely valuable during these months when baby is getting himself into trouble and can’t freely express himself with words. Your baby may begin to use body language that you can discern.

Now baby is beginning to say his first words. At ten to twelve months, baby understands the meaning of words and begins to use them. Now is the time to bring out the toys! Educational baby toys that sing, play music or feature a variety of textures can stimulate your baby’s knowledge of sights and sounds which are imperative to language learning.

During your baby’s wonderful first year, he is much more able to show you than tell you his needs, wants, likes and dislikes. Follow these language guidelines to get you and your baby communicating with each other and you are sure to have a bond that is beyond words.

Here are some good choices for educational baby toys to introduce to your baby at any age.

Baby Einstein Interactive Books, CD’s and DVD’s. They all feature familiar objects to baby set to classical music or language words.

Baby Einstein Farm Nesting Puzzle. This adorable puzzle plays Old McDonald when the puzzle pieces are put in place.

Family photos. Babies are intrigued by the human face. Show them pictures of their family while saying the name of the person. Baby will begin to relate the word with the person.

About the Author

Pam Brown is the owner of Brown Eyed Baby Boutique and contributor to various parenting resources across the web. To receive more information on children’s language issues visit our Parenting Resource Center.

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