Comment on Objects, Actions and Problems

​​Use Words to Match Your Baby's Interests

Now that you have become an expert conversational partner and a mind reader, it is time to become a tour guide. You are the one who has the words to match your baby's interests and curiosity.

  • You respond and add information.
  • You know where the important, exciting objects, actions and problems are, and you know how to communicate about them.
  • When you play with your baby, you can point out these ideas. This is called parallel talk.
Mom Using Parallel Talk During Bubble Play
​Actions or Problems ​What Mom Says or Signs
​ ​ ​ ​Mom using parallel talk during bubble playCan’t find the stick in the bubble bottle.​"Where is it?" "Eww! Sticky!" "There's the stick."
Get ready to blow!"Ready?" "Blow!"
​See bubbles everywhere, floating and popping."Up, up."​ "Pop, pop, pop!" "All gone."
​Feel wet circles everywhere.​"Wet table. Feels wet."


  • Some of the other activities you guide your baby through could be:​ changing diapers, dressing, eating or getting ready to go in the car.
  • Each of these activities happens in steps, and every one of those steps can become a conversation.
  • What does your baby pay attention to during changing?
  • It could be the stinky diaper, but it could be the mobile of birds that you hung over the changing table or crib.

Practice Examples

Look at the baby in each picture. Think about what responses might stretch or expand the baby's idea. Look on the right to see some examples of parallel talk. These comments could expand the idea while sharing the baby's interest and attention.

Babys ActionPossible Responses
You like cereal​"You like cereal."
"In your mouth!"
More cereal"More cereal?"
"Find more for mommy."