Research has shown that babies recognize voices even when they are still in the womb, this is why babies always recognize their mother’s voice from the moment they are born. It is important that even from the womb both parents should communicate with their baby not only to forge a bond but also to lay the foundation for the language skills of the baby.
Research out of the University of Amsterdam indicates that most kids start acquiring rudimentary language skills while they’re still in the womb. According to Babycenter, when trying to teach your child to talk follow this simple steps:
- Talk to your baby simply, clearly and often. It doesn't matter that he/she doesn't understand what you are saying. They will just love having your attention.
- Take lots of opportunities to talk, listen and respond to your baby during the day. You can do this when you’re bathing, feeding, or changing his/her nappy.
- Always be guided by your baby. If what you do and say makes her happy you can be pretty sure you are doing and saying the right thing.
- Look and point at the things you talk about. From about six months your baby will follow your gaze, and will know what object you are describing.
- Read picture books to your baby, describe what you are looking at and make any accompanying sounds, such as "baa" if you are looking at a picture of a sheep. From six months, your baby will really start to engage with this.
- From about seven months babies start to use and understand hand and body gestures and signs. Express in words what your baby shows in signs and facial expressions.
Parenting.com advises that when teaching your child to talk, be very creative, find what engages your child and where their interests lie and capitalize on that to teach him/her. Make sure for every milestone and success you cheer your child on, this would help and encourage them even when they are not getting it right continue to cheer and encourage.
Always remember that teaching them will require a lot of patience and cheering on. If by 18th month your baby is not catching up as he/she should consult a pediatrician.