5 clever ways to encourage your baby to talk

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Yes, it's long before your little one can understand exactly what you’re saying, but talking to them early on has many benefits for their brain development and growth.

Speaking to your baby will form connections and boost their senses while helping them learn and process information, even if it is just a bit of peek-a-boo.

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1) Learn to lilt
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1) Learn to lilt

A lilting, sing-song voice – we’re thinking The One Show host Alex Jones – will capture your baby’s attention, especially if you’re alone, so he’s not distracted by background noise.

"There are studies showing that babies pay more attention to sing-songy voices," says Professor Caroline Rowland of Liverpool University.

"Just listening to the sounds is very important to help your baby tune in and start learning to interpret language."

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