- Read colorful picture books to your baby. Point to the pictures, and name simple objects to reinforce his/her early speech development and model the importance of language and reading. Practice using short words or sentences and then pause. This will allow your baby to respond with his or her own baby talk and encourage and model the give-and-take interaction much like adult conversation.
- Keep books where your baby can reach them. Place books in a location, where they will be easy to reach, hold, and look at as toys. Remember, a baby will do with a book what he does with everything else — put it in his mouth. And that's exactly what he's supposed to do, babies are learning and manipulating; so create a fun, safe learning space for babies to read.