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  • Don’t engage in baby talk because hearing the right words is beneficial to your baby’s development. Instead, repeat words in adult language, such as asking her “You want to lie down?” when she says “da” while patting her pillow.
     
    In moments of unintelligible chatter, respond to baby as if you understand what she’s saying to encourage her to practice more.

    Help her identify key words and phrases by demonstrating actions in nursery rhymes and songs such as waving for “bye-bye” and clapping for “clap.”
     
    Describe to baby what you are doing like “Let’s put you in the tub now. I’m going to shampoo your hair first then soap your tummy. You can play with rubber ducky while I wash your toes.”

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