How to help baby say your name
your baby's first words are one of the milestones parents start looking forward to even before she is born. What can be even more moving and memorable, though, is the moment when she says your or your partner's name. The day when she does is coming no matter what, but there are things you can do to help your baby get there faster!
- Be consistent
Before your baby can call you ‘mama,’ or 'dada,' she has to recognize that you are Mama or Dada. If you refer to yourself the same way every time, the same way you refer to cars, the family pet, or your baby’s favorite bottle the same way every time, she has the chance to connect that set of sounds with you, specifically.
- Use positive reinforcement
If your baby accidentally stumbles across the ‘mamama’ sound in her exploration of her own vocal cords, and you are happy and excited with her, she will be happy and excited with you, and will want to do the same thing again, to get the same response.
- Ask for help
If you’re your baby’s source for a lot of the first connections she makes between words and the objects associated with them, referring to yourself as ‘mama’ might not make sense to her in the same way that referring to other people and concepts out loud to her does. If your partner, or your friends, start to refer to you as ‘mama’ when your baby is around, though, it might help her brain make the connection.
- Be understanding
If it’s taking your baby longer to call you by name than you were expecting, it’s nothing personal, and it doesn’t reflect anything about your baby’s feelings towards you. Many babies become familiar with the ‘m’ and the ‘d’ consonant sounds first, but every baby develops differently, so you never know where your baby is going to start out, word-wise. Don’t worry, though - she will be calling your name before you know it.
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