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Month 18

month_18At 18 months, your child understands more than 200 words. To continue to build baby’s verbal skills, engage in activities that build your bond and his or her communication abilities.

At 18 months, your child understands more than 200 words. To continue to build baby’s verbal skills, engage in activities that build your bond and his or her communication abilities.

Reading to your child from the moment he or she is born can provide a bonding time and soothe your baby when he or she is crying. While your baby is currently communicating via some words and phrases, your baby can continue to build verbal skills through your reading to him or her. This will help your child expand vocabulary skills and establish a link between spoken and written words.

Engage in the following activities to build your baby’s communication skills:

  • Choose books that offer a variety of tactile experiences, such as those with felt, that popup or that make noises.
  • Create a comforting atmosphere with the television turned off and lots of pillows and blankets.
  • Cuddle with your child daily when reading.
  • Encourage your child to help you turn the pages.
  • Have your child identify what is in the pictures of a book. For example, point to an illustration of a cat and encourage your child to say “cat.”
  • Help your child identify the correct way to hold a book.
  • Select books with colorful photos and illustrations and that your child can easily hold.

Remember that there is never a time when you should stop reading to your child. Even when he or she is old enough to read, continuing to read together can foster a strong bond and ensure your child develops a love for reading and communication.

TIPS

  • Reading aloud to your child is one of the most effective ways to encourage your child to be a lifelong reader.
  • Children love being read to with expression and changes in voice tone. While it may take a little practice, your little one will prove a captivating audience.