What you can do and observe
- Play hide and seek with your infant and see if she/he can find the objects you hide. You can hide it under a cloth, and say: “where does it go”? “Is it still there”? “Can you find it”? You should see an increase in your child’s curiosity and willingness to find out what happened to the object.
- Tell your infant the names of things and people you're referring to. She/he should show interest and soon will try to make relationships between words and objects or people.
- Show your child how to say things with hands, like “bye bye”. Soon, your child should try to imitate you and wave “bye-bye” on her/his own, making a relationship between a movement and a vocal expression.
- Point to the eyes, nose and mouth on a doll. After showing one part on the doll, touch the same part on yourself and on the baby. Take the baby’s hand and have her/him touch the eyes, nose and mouth of the doll you, and her/himself. See the nose on the baby doll? Here's my nose and here is your nose.You should see the baby’s curiosity grow. Slowly, the baby will be able to memorize and identify these different words and relate them to her/his body parts.