Talking to your baby at home


We have gathered top tips for #talkingathome from some of our previous Talk To Your Baby speakers. Head over to twitter to tell us yours!

Top tips for #talkingathome

Professor Anna Theakston, University of Manchester and LUCiD

  • Does your baby hold objects out to you or point at people and things around them? It’s their way of letting you know what they’re interested in. Talking about these objects can help your baby begin to learn words.
  • Are you reading the same book over and over to your baby? Don’t worry, repetition can actually help babies begin to learn words.

Professor Elizabeth Meins, University of York

  • Put yourself in your baby's shoes and talk to your baby about how things look and feel from their perspective.

Deborah Powers, ‘time to talk’™ Warwickshire

  • Whether it’s a giggle or a gurgle, or a babble or a gabble, repeating your baby’s sounds shows her that you’re interested, that you’re tuned in, and that she matters.

Jean Gross CBE, independent consultant and writer

  • Got lots of cardboard boxes from parcel deliveries? Build a tower to knock down or a den to hide in. Talk about what you are doing, using the same words over and over…. “The tower is so TALL…. Oh look at our TALL tower….. oh you’ve knocked down the TALL tower.”

Jeanne Shinskey and Suzanne Aussems, Royal Holloway Baby Lab

  • Storytime is a great opportunity for babies to develop their communication skills by looking, listening, pointing and imitating words. Give your child the time to express themselves and encourage these behaviours when you see them to make reading even more fun!

Ludovica Serratrice, University of Reading

  • If you speak more than one language in your family, use them all with your baby! Nursery rhymes, songs, and stories in different languages are a great way to introduce your baby to their multilingual world.
  • Don't be afraid of confusing your baby by speaking to them in more than one language. The sooner babies in multilingual families hear all of their languages, the better for their language learning.