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Leading health experts around the world agree the first 1001 days of a child’s development influence a child’s future more than any other time in their life.

From 6 to 12 months, your baby will be developing quickly, babbling, gesturing and recognising some words. They want to communicate with you, making noises and sounds and eventually using single words.

When something grabs your baby’s attention, they have lots of ways to show it. They might stare, point, or make a noise.

Start to develop their communication skills by playing peekaboo games, using your hands to hide your face, saying things like "Where are you?" and "I see you"

Use actions like waving when you say "hello" and sounds like "yummy" when feeding your baby.

Singing rhymes and taking turns with your child will help them to develop early speech and language skills.

There's lots you can do to help your baby develop their language. It’s really easy - you might already be doing it without even noticing.

6-12 months Advice and Information

Sandwell Health Visitor Service    0121 612 5021 

At 9-12 months your child will be seen by a Health Visitor for a development check.

Children's Centre Family Offer

Children's Centres provide support to families with children and young adults 0-19 years (up to 25 years if they have special education needs or disabilities).

They offer family support, early learning , information and advice on health, parenting, money and benefits, education and school readiness. 

There are lots of free services and activities at your local children's centre


I CAN 6-12 months

This is a guide to how children develop speech and language between 6-12 months. Children develop language at different rates. However, understanding what is typical can help you identify speech and language problems early.  You can also find out how to help your child learn to talk and develop their communication skill. There are lots of things you can do to encourage your child to talk and develop language skills.


BookStart

Every child in England is entitled to a free Bookstart pack before they are 12 months old and again aged 3-4 years. Bookstart also gifts additional needs packs for babies and toddlers, as well as black-and-white booklets for newborns and dual language books.

Contact your Health Visitor or local library to find out more about your free Bookstart pack


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Join your local library

Libraries are welcoming places for children and families to start exploring books and reading. There are lots of activities and events at your local library and helpful, friendly staff to advise you on what to read to your child. Libraries are free to join and have books in different languages and formats. Your child is never too young to visit the library.


Help your baby develop their language 

Tuning into your baby's interests

Watch BBC Tiny Happy People video. A really simple way of helping your baby with their language learning is to talk to them about the things that capture their attention.

If there's a particular toy or object that they're looking at, name it and talk about it. This helps them to connect the words you say with the things they see.


Your baby is constantly learning from new experiences. Playing with them is a great way to share the fun and boost their language development.

The baby club- playing with porridge oats

Watch BBC Tiny Happy People video. Your baby is constantly learning from new experiences! You can help by introducing them to new textures, such as porridge oats. It's a great opportunity to boost their language development too.


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Early Voices Parent Leaflet

Top tips on what parents, family and friends can do to support your child's communication development.

6-12 months Courses

Changes - the early years

free online and face to face courses in Sandwell for parents of children aged 0-4 years

Parenting classes in Sandwell

free classes at your local Children's Centre

Help and Support

Help and advice

Sandwell Health Visitor Service    0121 612 5021 

Your health visitor will be able to offer advice and support about your child's development. Always contact your health visitor about any worries or concerns you have about your child's health and development.

 Sandwell Family Information Service

Sandwell Family Information Service can help you with free, impartial information, advice and guidance on family support and childcare.

Why not book on to a Family Information chat session  and talk to the team

 

Check out these websites for more tips and information on talking to your baby

Hungry Little Minds

Tiny Happy People