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7 tips to help your baby's speech-- Ezine Issue #001
February 01, 2008

7 Tips To Help Your Baby With His Speech

Babies like to suck, so dummies can help soothe at bedtime or when your baby is tired or cross. But regular and extended use of a dummy can create problems with your child’s speech. Here are 7 ways to help with your baby's speech development...

1. Try to wean your child away from dummies, preferably by 12 months.

2. Make a clean break – throw away the dummy over a weekend, or at a time when you have support. Most babies and toddlers will fret for no more than two or three days.

3. Dummies prevent babies from babbling – an important step in learning to talk, so only use them at set times, like bedtime.

4. When your baby cries he’s trying to tell you something, so try to find out what’s troubling him first, and use the dummy as a last resort.

5. Never dip your baby’s dummy into anything sweet. This can cause tooth decay.

6. Remember, learning to talk can be tricky so toddlers need lots of practice. A dummy will discourage your toddler from chatting with you, which she needs to do to develop her language skills.

7. If your toddler is still using a dummy, always ask him to take it out before you talk to each other.

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