Parents eagerly wait for their babies to start talking. Helping your toddler to talk through small conversations can be very beneficial. Toddlers learn a lot through short conversations. They pick up new words, they learn things, and most importantly, they understand that you’re interested in what they have to say.
Having frequent friendly conversations with your toddler is one of the best ways of helping her talk. You don’t need to have long, detailed discussions, and your child won’t have the attention span for them anyway. What is important is to keep interacting frequently. Talk about anything that interests your child, talk about her favourite toy or book, or how her day was- anything that gets her excited and grabs her attention.
6 Tips for Getting Your Toddler to Talk
1. Use Easy Words
Use words that are easy to understand and pronounce for your child, but avoid baby talk. She’ll learn what you teach her, so avoid using words like drinky, milky, walky etc. Avoid speaking to her in a high-pitched baby voice too.
2. Be Involved
Don’t just talk to your child. Have a conversation with your toddler. Get her involved. Don’t talk only to tell her what to do. Listening to her is as important as speaking to her as well. Even if she’s just babbling and singing, listen and get involved.
3. Limit Screen Time
Small conversations and language development in toddlers can be hampered by television and other gadgets like tablets. They don’t teach children how to speak, but only teach concepts. Real communication and conversations are interactive processes, which is why they’re best for language development and increasing attentiveness.
4. Be Available
Why would your 23-month-old toddler need conversations? Maybe she wants to tell you about something she saw. Maybe she recalls something and wants to share it with you. Whatever her reasons, make yourself available when she wants to talk. Children have short attention spans. If you don’t listen to her when she wants you to, she’ll probably forget about it later, or get distracted by something else. Gradually, she may stop coming to you to tell you things.
5. Pay Attention
When your child tells you something, give her your undivided attention. Put down your phone or the laptop or switch off the television and listen to what she wants to say. It tells her that you’re interested in listening, and gives her encouragement to come to you whenever she needs to talk.
6. Create the Right Atmosphere
Don’t try and initiate a conversation when your child is distracted or wants to play. Do things together, such as daily chores like laying the table. These are good times to strike up a conversation. Ask about her day and be interested. Another good time to have conversations is during commutes in the car, or on road trips.
There are many benefits of having small conversations with toddlers. Talking to your child is a wonderful way of bonding, helps in early brain development, and enhances her vocabulary. By the age of 2-3 years, you’ll have a little chatterbox on your hands! These talking exercises for toddlers will encourage her to chat and set the foundation for better social and academic skills.