Communicating with your baby continued

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12-18 months

At this age your toddler will probably be trying out his first words. Children are great imitators and will quickly pick up the words you use and the way you say them. Remember, conversation is a two-way process so respect his efforts by listening to him, and when he's struggling with words give him time.

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What you can do:

  • Repetition is the key. Offer him a biscuit and say 'biscuit' - it won't be long before he's trying to say it, too.
  • When you recognise a word he says, repeat it and look for the smile as he realises you've understood him.
  • Try to avoid too much anticipation or finishing off what you think he wants to say, as this won't stretch his skill. Reward him with praise when he gets words right.

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