Did you know?
Learning to read, write and have conversations begins at birth. Play with sounds, share books, draw pictures, and talk to your baby.
- Have fun copying your baby’s sounds, noises and gestures.
- Use playful voices and make faces.
- Be face to face:
- Play games like “peek a boo”, “pat a cake”, and “This little piggy”.
- Make funny faces and sounds like “moooo” or ”putt, putt, putt”.
- Sing songs with actions and fun sounds like “Wheels on the Bus”/“Old MacDonald ”.
- Dance and sing your favourite songs with your baby.
- Use interesting, simple words like ‘wee’, ‘oops’, ‘wow’.
- Add actions to words (e.g., say “hi” and “bye” while waving).
- Let your baby play with bright picture books, board books, touch and feel books, and bathtub and rhyming books.
- Remember that she needs time to coo and babble without a soother in her mouth.
Where to go get help
For more information about how speech-language pathologists and audiologists can help, contact:
- Your doctor, public health nurse, or other health provider
- Your local health centre
- Visit the
Talk Box - A parent guide to creating language rich environments