Every baby develops at its own pace. The following descriptions are general statements. Don’t be alarmed of your child doesn’t follow the points below.
- At around 6 months old the synapse network in your child’s brain is at its peak. The more experiences your child gets at this stage the better.
- Betwenn 6 and 12 months you will see a huge difference in your child’s language development
Your child may:
- begin to join syllables together to make words
- learn to say Mam and Dad
- begin to understand to simple instructions
- Encourage your baby to create nes sounds e.g. buzzing, hunning clicking your tongue, popping your cheek etc.
- Playing ‘Peek-a-boo!’ is fun at this stage
- Sing lullabies and other fun songs e.g. Rabhlaí Rabhlaí and Bliain na nAmhráin have some great songs and rhymes
- Start reading simple stories and turning the pages of picture books with your baby
- Ask your local library for appropriate Irish books