10 Ways To Help Your Child Start Talking & WIN: Lifetime Subscription to the Speech Blubs App

Worried about your baby’s speech development? Want to give your baby a jumpstart with speech development? Then, you’re in luck! Let’s review typical baby speech and language developmental milestones and 10 ways you can encourage your baby to start talking!

Baby Speech Milestones

From the moment your baby enters the world, he or she is listening to your voice. By three months of age, your baby will start vocalizing to lay the groundwork for future language development. By 24 months, your child may be able to speak 50 or more words. This is a crucial time and a great opportunity to help your baby start talking!

Be advised that the following milestones are merely guidelines for health professionals and parents to track child development. But every child develops at his or her own rate. If you are concerned about your baby’s speech development or you feel your child is falling behind on key milestones, don’t be afraid to speak to your baby’s pediatrician about your concerns.

Between three and four months your baby can:

  • Smile in response to your voice and face
  • Make cooing sounds
  • Have different cries for different needs

Between six and seven months, your baby can:

  • Babble
  • Make gurgling sounds
  • Uses vocalizations to express joy or anger
  • Move eyes to see where a sound is coming from
  • Notices tone changes in your voice (example: responds by crying if you’re upset)
  • Seems to listen to music
  • Notices his/her toys make sound

Between 12 and 13 months your baby can:

  • Imitates sound
  • Says small easy words like “dada”
  • Understands one-step instructions (“Come here”)
  • Recognizes words for everyday objects
  • Turns his/her head to respond to sound

Between 24 to 25 months your child can:

  • Say simple sentences like “more please”
  • Ask one to two word questions
  • Follow and understand simple instructions
  • Say 50 or more words
  • Speech pronunciation can be understood 50% of the time by parents and caregivers

10 Ways To Help Your Child Start Talking

1. Increase opportunities for pretend play

Pretend play not only furthers your child’s imagination but also increases speech development. The imaginative play opens the door to introducing new words in response to different social situations. Until your child starts talking, you will need to participate in pretend play exercises and take the lead on many activities.

Here are some imaginative play ideas for you to try:

  • Have a pretend tea party with the Queen
  • Grocery shop with pretend food
  • Host a pretend dinner party
  • Play doctor with your child’s favorite stuffed animal

2. Ask your child to help with everyday tasks

One way to help your child start talking is to ask for help with everyday tasks. Your toddler is at the age where he or she loves to complete tasks and help you with everything. Take advantage of this by asking your child for help!

When you ask your child to help you’re increasing his or her vocabulary along with the steps involved in completing everyday tasks. Try asking your child to retrieve items from the refrigerator you need to make a meal. Not only does this give your child an early lesson in meal preparation and cooking, but will help your child identify food items.

Example: “Can you help mommy by getting the cheese?”

You may have to help your child at first and allow him or her to make a mess in the fridge, but it is well worth it when your child starts identifying and saying common food items!

3. Offer choices

Your child is his or her own individual. Therefore, offer choices for anything you can. From two snack choices to what to wear for the day. The only thing to remember is to make sure to name the items!

For instance, “Do you want string cheese or fruit snacks?”

4. Manners and greetings

Every time you interact with someone else, teach your child how to understand and use social greetings. When saying goodbye to someone look and say to your child, “Say bye-bye,” and wave. Eventually, your child will begin to imitate the gesture.

The same goes for manners. When you give your child a cup of milk, help your child say please and thank you. (“Say thank you!”).

5. Daily routine

Establishing a daily routine helps your child understand how the day’s activities are structured and what each of the activities is called. Before you know it, your child will be asking you to “brush teeth” after they wake up in the morning.

6. Sign language

I am a huge advocate for using sign language with children! It’s helped my four-year-old with autism dramatically increase his understanding and language development. For my 18-month-old, sign language has helped to give him a “voice” while still increasing the clarity of his words.

Some of the signs that are easiest to learn (and most helpful for you) include:

  • More
  • Milk
  • Please
  • Thank you
  • Yes
  • No
  • Bath
  • Brush teeth
  • Hot
  • Cold
  • Hungry
  • Drink

According to Parents.com, there is no scientific evidence to prove that sign language delays speech development in babies. In fact, some research points to an increase in speech development when language gestures are used by parents. It also decreases the amount of frustration a child can experience by not being able to communicate verbally.

7. Eye contact

Before talking or saying instructions to your child, make eye contact. This allows your child to focus on only you without distraction and see how you enunciate words and facial expressions to match.

8. Slow down

When your child attempts to say a new word, repeat the word slowly. This allows your child to see how your mouth moves to formulate the word. This will help further speech clarity over time.

9. Praise

With any word attempts, praise! And praise some more! Even if your child completely says the word wrong. Simply say “That’s right! That is a banana. Good try!”

10. Use learning apps for toddlers

An easy way to help your child start talking is with the Speech Blubs app! Kids can start using educational apps when they are around 2 years old, and it is a great alternative to passive screen time like watching TV. The Speech Blubs app combines peer video modeling to teach children new words associated with many categories like animals, shapes, and numbers. Plus, there is a built-in reward system when a child completes the task with a fun interactive learning game! You can read more Speech Blubs reviews here!

Babies develop quickly, especially in the first year. By the time your baby is 24 months old, he/she has completed plenty of speech development milestones. But don’t worry if your child is not there yet. Just start using the above 10 ways to help your baby start talking!

About the author

Liz Talton is the contributing author for the Speech Blubs blog. After her son received an Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluation, she decided to do all she can to help her little one. She is a full-time blogger, homeschooling mom, and autism advocate. Before starting a family, she received a master’s degree in forensic psychology and mental health.

Click here to visit Speech Blubs website.

Click here to Like Speech Blubs on Facebook.

Click here to Follow Speech Blubs on Instagram.

Click here to Follow Speech Blubs on Twitter.

Click here to Follow Speech Blubs on Pinterest.

Click here to Follow Speech Blubs on YouTube.

WIN: 24/7 MOMS and Speech Blubs are giving away 1 Lifetime Subscription ($100 worth) to the Speech Blubs App!

Speech Blubs helps kids speak!

Speech Blubs is a fun app that boosts kids’ speech development and expands their vocabulary. More than 3 million downloads can’t be wrong! The app has fun interactive language exercises, riddles, face filters, and songs! Speech Blubs encourages kids to generate new sounds, words, sentences, and activities inspire imitation where kids teach kids. The Speech Blubs app is suitable for all kids 1-5 years old, and is available for iOS and Android in 4 languages (American and British English, Spanish, Portuguese and French). The app has proven effective with late talkers, kids with articulation issues, autism, Down syndrome, and apraxia.

Enter for a chance to win using the Rafflecopter entry form below. For every entry you do it’s an extra entry to win.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

US entries only and one entry per person. Winner will be chosen on January 30, 2021.

Disclaimer: I have teamed up with Speech Blubs in support of this campaign. We received compensation for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Like this article?

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Linkdin
Share on Pinterest

This article may contain affiliate links to products. This means if you click and purchase, we may receive a small commission. Please see our full disclosure policy for more details.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *