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The first words

From 6 to 12 months

The first words

By the end of his first year, your baby will start saying a few words.  This is an exciting moment both for you and him!

He learns new ways of saying what he feels and what he thinks. You both develop a communication that will last a lifetime.




When you:   Your baby:
talk to your baby
  • learns new words because your voice is the best possible learning tool

encourage your baby to talk without forcing him and ensure that talking is enjoyable

  • sees that you are trying to understand him.
  • has a reason to continue to talk.
  • learns that he can count on you and feels he is being heard.
listen to your baby and respond to his first words
  • learns that what he says is important..


Your baby is working hard to learn to speak. When he shows you an object and tries to say the word, show him the object and repeat the word correctly.  He will learn to make the links and when he is ready, he will say the word. For example, if he shows his toy and tries to say "ball", you can tell him  "Ball ! Do you want your ball?".  This will help him develop his vocabulary.  Each time you show him his toy, repeat the word "ball".




To teach your baby how to communicate to you that he wants to do something "again" you can try this:

  • Play a game that he likes and then stop for a while.
  • If the baby likes this, he will tell you he wants to do it again.
  • Watch carefully how he will communicate this to you, maybe with sounds, gestures or facial contortions.
  • He communicates his feelings and understands that he is heard and understood.




Star Light, Star Bright

Star light, star bright,

The first star I see tonight;

I wish I may, I wish I might,

Have the wish I wish tonight.


Three blind mice

Three blind mice. Three blind mice.

See how they run.

See how they run.

They all ran after the farmer's wife,

Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,

Did you ever see such a sight in your life,

As three blind mice?



Nursery rhymes and songs

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king's horses and all the king's men

Couldn't put Humpty together again.