Routines are activities we do every day – like cooking a meal or getting ready for bed.
Routines can provide comfort to adults and families because they make our lives more predictable. This is true for our children, too. Predictable routines help children know what will happen next. This also helps children feel safe and secure.
Language used in routines is also predictable. Take advantage of this to teach new words and phrases. Some of the first language your baby understands and uses will probably be part of a family routine.
Think of some family routines. Watch your baby and listen to yourself as you complete daily activities. What is the most natural language to go with each action? How do you give your baby access to that language?
All of the skills discussed in
Building Conversations and
Building Concepts on this website will be useful here. The principles of language development stay the same in every situation.