Tips to Encourage Language Development: 6-9 Months

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Kathryn Gamble
From tall tales to singing songs, Jamie Loehr, M.D, and Jen Meyers, authors of Raising Your Child share activities to help your baby start talking!
Kathryn Gamble
Kathryn Gamble

Talk with Her

Have conversations with your baby! Respond to her babbling. Give her time to talk and then respond to what she said. Talk to her just like you would talk to a good friend. Show her something you're working on, ask her questions, and recount a memory. Hearing the inflections and intonations of conversation will help her learn to respond to you in kind.

Once you get comfortable signing single words, try these common short phrases.

Kathryn Gamble
Kathryn Gamble

Sing to Her

Sing a variety of songs, from childhood lullabies and kids' songs, to pop and rock music. When you consistently sing one song ever time your baby needs comforting, she'll soon recognize it and calm down when she hears it. This can help in the car when you can't pick her up to comfort her; sing your song to help her relax and calm down.

Adding music to playtime is always a great experience for Baby. Sway her side to side or sing while she's playing with a toy.

Kathryn Gamble
Kathryn Gamble

Read Often

Read to your baby as often as you can. Choose books with bright colors and simple illustrations. She'll love looking at the pictures and will start interacting with the story. She may point to pictures or do hand motions that go with the story.

Kathryn Gamble
Kathryn Gamble

Name the Parts of Her Body

Make up rhymes as you name the parts of your baby's body that you touch, such as her nose, toes, and belly button.

Kathryn Gamble
Kathryn Gamble

Point Out Everything

Name everything in your baby's environment. People (Mama, Daddy, Grandpa), animals (cat, duck, pig), objects (sup, bowl, flowers), and body parts (fingers, mouth, ears).

Kathryn Gamble
Kathryn Gamble

Tell Tall Tales

Tell make-believe stories. Simple or elaborate, they'll delight your child as long as they are told in your voice.

As parents, we all want our babies to learn how to speak as soon as possible. Here are six ways to encourage language development.

Raising Your Child

Raising Your Child: The Complete Illustrated Guide is an information-packed guide that leads parents through the ever-changing maze of new behaviors, developments, and challenges present in a child's first six years. It is filled with essential information, expert advice, practical solutions, and key choices to ensure a child's healthy development for their first six years—and set them up for success in later developmental stages. In addition to understanding their child's stage of development, readers are given parenting techniques and activities they can use with their child to maximize physical, emotional, intellectual, and behavioral development at every age and stage.

Kathryn Gamble
Kathryn Gamble

More Activities for 6-9 Month Babies

Get more ideas from Raising Your Child: The Complete Illustrated Guide to help with your baby's development.

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