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Learning to talk and communication with your baby

Reading

Reading to your child: What’s the fuss about?

Grab a cosy blanket, a strong tea and your favourite snack because you’re about to get an excuse for a long sit-down. Here’s why reading to your child could be the best thing you do this week.

Child playing outside

The benefits of outdoor play for children

Playing outside is fun, exciting and important for children’s learning and development. Here we look at how else outdoor play is great for your little one.

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Your baby’s development: Physical stages

All babies develop at different rates. Find out about the stages and baby milestones you can expect during your baby’s physical development. Get ready for tummy time, rolling, sitting, crawling, cruising and walking.

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Your baby’s development: communication and play

Play-time has a significant role in your baby’s development. Here we discuss ways to help you enjoy interacting together, with information on baby play and communication.

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Your toddler’s first words: Helping them along

Are you ready to notice just how often you say ‘erm’? Here’s how to help when your quiet baby becomes a chattering toddler.

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Seven ways to help your baby start talking

Your baby may not be planning to tell you about their day over a cup of tea. But they will communicate a lot before speaking their first words. Here we talk about their body language, sounds and talking.

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Talking about baby babble: 0 – 6 months

You might be worrying about what’s normal, ok or a sign that your 0 to 6 month old will study English at Oxford sometime soon. This guide talks about what to expect, how to encourage your baby’s babble and when to chat to someone else.

Helping your toddler to talk

How to help your toddler talk

Good news, you are about to enter an extremely fun phase of parenting. Here’s how to help your child when they’re ready to get chatty.

Learning words: babies from 6 to 12 months

Here we look at babbling, gesturing and baby language development from 6 to 12 months. At this stage, babies are developing quickly and will gesture and recognise key words.

Baby talk: speech development from 12 to 18 months

A baby’s first words are usually heard between 12 and 18 months. You can encourage speech development with baby talk and by recognising child language development stages.

How can you encourage a child’s language development ?

Here we look at communication and language development in children. We discuss how you can encourage progress with your baby and eventually help a toddler learn to talk.