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Speech & Play

Babies begin talking by cooing and gurgling and blowing raspberries. It is helpful to copy their funny noises and say them back and forth to each other.

At about 6 months of age, babbling begins. Different noises like ‘bubba, dadda’ become a game that babies like to practice in their pram or cot. Again copy these noises, whilst letting your baby know how clever she is!

First words often appear around the first birthday. Babies often learn to try out new words when they hear them. Mispronunciations are common and don’t need to be corrected at this stage.

Infants and young babies spend a lot of time looking at objects and mouthing them.

Once baby is starting to sit up and crawl, there are lots of traditional games he will enjoy such as peek-a-boo, chasey and finger songs like ‘This Little Piggy’.

Toys for older babies tend to involve in/out games (pulling things out of boxes and putting them back in again) like shape sorters and pop up games.


Click below for some ideas to help speech development in babies.

Games 0-3 months

Peek a boo A4 activity sheet

Copy Cat A4 activity sheet

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