Trying to talk to your baby in the early days and weeks can feel a bit weird at first. Especially if you’re not much of a talker yourself!
Your newborn won’t respond with even so much as a smile. So you may find that you don’t talk to them a lot. But the reality is, is that they will enjoy hearing you chat to them, even if they can’t understand you yet!
And the more you talk to them, the more you’ll get used to it.
So we put together some tips and examples on how to talk to your newborn baby. Including singing and naming things. Asking questions, responding and talking about what you’re doing throughout the day.
And we’ll answer questions like why is it important to communicate with and talk to your baby? What happens if I don’t talk to my baby? And what do I say to my baby? Including examples of words and phrases, you can use.
Why Is It Important to Talk to Your Baby?
Your newborn won’t understand what you’re saying to them. But they will be able to recognise your voice from 1 week old! So your voice will be comforting to them.
Talking to your baby also allows them to hear lots of different sounds and words. And it’ll boost their brain power.
Researchers recently found that 18 month olds that had more words spoken to them, understood more. They learnt new words quicker. And had faster brain processing speeds, compared to babies that were hardly spoken to.
So, in other words, talking to your baby will mean they know more words. And have better language skills when they’re older. These language skills will then help them learn to read and write (among other things) when they’re older.
What Happens If I Don’t Talk to My Baby?
If you don’t communicate or talk to your baby, they’ll understand fewer words when they’re older. Talking to them helps to build your relationship. It also encourages them to keep communicating. So not doing this could negatively impact your bond with your little one.
Now you know how important talking to your baby is, let’s look at examples of some of the things you can say to them.
How Do I Talk to My Baby and What Do I Say?
Some of the different ways you can talk to your baby include:
- Naming things
- Asking your baby questions
- Responding to their noises
- Talking about what you’re doing
Here’s some more detail about each of these. Along with ideas about the kinds of things you can say.
Tip 1 – Singing Will Help You get Used to Talking to Your Baby
Song is a special type of speech, so if you’re stuck with what to say to your baby, try singing to them instead.
Your baby won’t care if you can hold a tune or not, they’ll love just hearing your voice. Sing well-known nursery rhymes and lullabies. Or make up your own simple songs instead.
I found myself singing to my newborn a lot at first. And most of the time I didn’t sing actual songs. It was more about what we were doing, like changing his nappy or having a bath.
Tip 2 – Naming Things Throughout the Day Is Another Way You Can Talk to Your Baby
Your newborn won’t be able to see very far at first. But it’s good practise to name the different things in front of them.
Try hanging toys on their baby gym and laying them down. Lay next to them. Then point to the different toys and tell your baby their names.
Tip 3 – Ask Your Baby Questions
Try asking your baby questions throughout the day. Here are some examples to get you started:
Are you hungry?
Shall we get you changed?
Do you want a bath?
Tip 4 – Respond When They Make a Noise
Your baby won’t coo or babble for quite a while yet. But you’ll still find that they make small noises. They’ll definitely cry and probably grunt too. So try to respond when they do this.
You could say things like –
I didn’t know that
Tell me more
Is that what happened?
Tip 5 – Talk About What You’re Doing
Telling your little one what you’re doing is another example of how to talk to your newborn baby. Try doing this when you’re doing parts of their routine. Like changing them for example.
You could say something like:
‘Let’s change your nappy. First, we need the wipes. Then we will unpop your baby grow. Pop. Pop. Pop (as you undo it). Let’s take out those chunky legs!’ And so on.
It’s so important to talk to your baby. But singing and talking to a newborn doesn’t come naturally to everyone.
If you’re struggling, try singing to them first. Then name things around them, ask questions, respond when they make a noise. And finally, talk about what you’re doing throughout the day.
It may take a bit of practise before you get used to it. But sometimes, you just have to fake it until you make it!
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