Children who talk early
Around 18 months old is a very exciting time for our babies as they will be starting to talk.
Babies can say around 20 words which are usually things they hear a lot at home such as milk, doggy, byebye, or the very powerful word: no. Babies at this age can understand short phrases and the meaning of many common everyday words such shoes, drink, buggy, coat on etc.
It’s lovely to write down the first words babies say – this is an exciting milestone and fun to look back on as our children get older. Babies learn language and words through playing, interacting and repetition so anything that encourages this is great. Simple activities like saying ‘‘ready, steady go’’ with balls or bubbles and ‘‘all fall down’’ with blocks are oldies but goodies.
Babies never seem to tire of these! Early language development is everyone’s business and connection is the key.
Catherine Campbell is a specialist speech language therapist with the Nelson Tasman Kindergarten Association.