Is your baby communicating? The answer is yes, from the moment you are born! Although your baby may not be talking yet, it is communicating through crying, babbling, lulling, and body movements.

During all these interactions, your baby is communicating their needs, thoughts, and feelings. And as you build trust and strong bonds with your baby, whether it’s a father, mother, caregiver or grandparent, you can learn and understand better what your baby is trying to communicate to them.

We know it’s not always easy to guess what a baby is trying to say. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 7 helpful tips for parents and caregivers to help you tune in and better understand and respond to your child’s signals, as well as to encourage your child’s communication skills while talking, reading, and singing. Tips for communicating with your baby

While listening and responding to your baby, try using a lot of facial expressions. When your baby is engaged, he is more interested in communicating with you! An easy way to talk to your baby is to narrate your day using words to describe the things you see and do together, helping your child connect objects with actions!

Even if you’re not sure how much he understands, talk, read and sing together with your child anyway! Your baby is absorbing all the words, stories and conversations they share together.

Tips for communicating with your toddler

Gestures like pointing are an important part of language development. Participate in round-trip conversations with your little one about the gestures he is making so he/she can connect gestures with language. For example, when your little one points to his mug, you can say, “Looks like you want your blue cup,” and wait for an answer. Then say something like “What would you like to drink? How about some water?

To help connect names and objects with gestures, play games like “Simon Dice”. You can say things like, “Simon says touch your little nose,” “Simon says knock the white door,” or “Simon says give Mom a big hug.”

At the age of 2 years, most children will be able to say about 50 words, but remember, each child develops at his own pace. When you respond to your little one, try to emphasize the correct pronunciation of words and phrases.

Between the ages of 18-24 months, young children begin to use action words and will communicate by a combination of short phrases and gestures. Try to answer your little one in full sentences, while still using gestures and facial expressions.