At this age, most babies say their first words. Your baby will collect new words to use and she may say about a dozen words by the end of this stage. Expand her one-word response by stretching it into a sentence. Go a step further by making up a story, rhyme or song that has to do with your baby’s new favorite word!
- your baby’s voice
- your voice
Step 1: When your baby uses a word, stretch it into a sentence or two. For example:
You: “Yes, it’s a dog. He has very soft fur.”
You: “Yes. Look at the cute dog!”
Step 2: Take it further by making up a song, rhyme, or story about your baby’s word. For example:
“That little dog is black and white
He doesn’t bark and he doesn’t bite
He’ll run around and sit and stay
Throw a ball! He loves to play!
He’ll sniff your hand and give you a smooch
This little dog is one nice pooch!”