Look at life from your baby's point of view. Everything is discovery and excitement when it is new.
Remember, you have many roles: you are the
the interpreter, and the
Use games such as "Open the garage, here comes the car!" …to encourage eating by making it playful. Your baby learns that cars and airplanes have places to go and sounds: cars go
"Beep" and airplanes go
"Zoom." This sound play is natural and it encourages listening!
Babies will initiate play at eating time, too, although a baby's idea of play may be different than yours.
Every parent-child interaction, from "Peek-a-boo" to "Pat-a-Cake," from knee bouncing to lullabies, comes from a love of communication games, face to face time, and enjoying one another.
These games let you call your baby's attention to meaningful sounds, like your voice. For example, you pull the blanket over your face, wait a moment and then start calling, "Bailey….Bailey....Peek-a-Boo!" As this game becomes familiar your baby will alert when she hears her name. Later she will pull the blanket when she hears the familiar pattern of "Peek-a-Boo." Her reward for listening is your smiling face and chances to keep playing the game.
A finger play – like Pat-a-Cake – has a special pattern or rhythm that your baby will start to recognize after you play the game many times. Try asking your baby, "do you want to play Pat-a-Cake?"
Loving contact between you and your baby is just as important as loving words. Beyond the soothing skin-to-skin contact, touch is a relaxing and nonverbal way for you to socialize with your baby.
Be sure to talk about what you are doing, and the little one will begin picking up the language for these interesting ideas.
All those objects and actions have names and qualities.
When your baby can move independently, play becomes discovery of anything within reach. Your job and your language are those of a
play partner and of a policeman.
First, your baby loves to just splash. Later you can introduce the floating toys. Finally, cups, sieves and bottles for filling up and pouring out make bath time fun. Water goes in and out. Cups are full and then empty.
Your baby pours, and the water splashes. What a lot of concepts you have to label when water is the toy!
Sharing books, experiencing lullabies with familiar melodies, rocking and closeness are "play" elements at bedtime. Establishing comforting bedtime routines is important for building vocabulary and language.