When your baby is so young that they haven’t developed language yet it can be a real challenge to communicate with them. Depending upon their age your baby does have ways of communicating with you if you know what to look for. We found this article on how to communicate with your 8 to 12 month old baby. We hope it helps!
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During these months, your baby might say “mama” or “dada” for the first time, and will communicate using body language, like pointing and shaking his or her head.
Your baby will pay even more attention to your words and gestures and will try very hard to imitate you — so be careful what you say!
How Babies Communicate
Babies this age test their verbal skills as they prepare for their big speaking debut. From babbling strings of consonants like “babababa,” they will begin to produce recognizable syllables, such as “ga,” “ba,” and “da.” By seeing their parents’ excitement at hearing “dada” or “mama,” babies soon learn to connect a word with its meaning.
Even before babies can talk, they communicate through gestures — pointing, shaking their head “no,” and waving bye-bye all demonstrate their ability to communicate, understand, and respond to language.
You’ll know your baby understands what you say when you ask “Where’s Daddy?” and your little one looks his way, or you point and say “Go find the blue ball” and he or she crawls right to it. Your baby should respond well to his or her own name, and should look up (and at least pause) when you say a firm “NO!”
By the end of the first year, your baby will follow simple requests from you (“Wave bye-bye”), enjoy peek-a-boo, say “mama” and “dada,” and babble with inflections of typical speech.
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Read the entire article here: http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/communication/c812m.html