It’s eagerly awaited by all mums and dads, with even a little coaching and competition creeping in, for it to be mama or dada first!
Although it’s a completely natural process that tends to happen at around 7-12 months, many parents love to help that process along. Here are 5 of the most popular activities for coaxing out that first real word:
- Chatting to baby – Yes pretty obvious, but it can’t be underestimated how important constant chatting is. High-pitched talking from about 30cm away seems to have the best effect.
- Reading books – Even in the womb, baby was aware of talking and reading out loud. There’s even a suggestion that she’ll recognise the same books you read to her when still in the womb.
- Talking and pointing – Great for helping baby associate words with the object in his world.
- Feed back to baby – her own facial expressions and emotions.
- Baby signing – According to baby development experts, this is a wonderful way for baby to communicate quite effectively before they’re able to speak, and proves that babies understand what you’re saying, long before they can speak themselves.
But what about capturing the moment when the first word appears? You can’t just put the first word in a keepsake box!
By far the most popular method for remembering these days is recording it on your phone and posting it on Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat. It’s also the best possible way to share the joy of the moment with family and friends.
For something less obvious, how about Build-a- Bear Workshop? Just record baby’s voice on your phone, call the special number and they’ll record it and place it in the bear of your choice.
Or for a really individual idea, what about ‘wav’ art? Record baby’s voice, send it to Tootsie Toes and we’ll engrave it as a sound wave onto your own personalised charm.
What a wonderful visualisation of your baby’s first word!