Baby development: Your 10 month old

Learning the lingo

Even though your baby can’t speak yet, the ways you support his or her language development are crucial.

Your baby’s first word is just around the corner (you’ll probably hear it around his or her first birthday), but how can you support speech development? The short answer is to talk and sing to your baby, respond to his or her communication, try back-and-forth games, and make reading aloud a regular part of every day — just keep the language coming. Creating a language-rich environment now can have far-reaching affects that last into your baby’s school years by helping him or her develop a larger vocabulary and be more ready to learn to read.

Does a bilingual environment make a difference, too? Get more tips for encouraging speech development with Bundoo Pediatric Speech Therapist, Cara Barthelette.

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