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- Find out from parents how they like to communicate with their baby, noting especially the chosen language.
- Ensure parents understand the importance of talking with babies in their home language.
- Pay attention to babies’ communications including facial expression, gesture, etc., and respond promptly so they know they have been heard.
- Encourage babies’ sounds and babbling by copying their sounds in a turn-taking or “serve and return” interaction.
- Communicate with parents to exchange and update information about babies’ personal words.
- Find out from parents how their baby attracts their attention at home. For example, calling or banging from highchair, verbalising if left alone, seeking eye gaze.
- Recognise the importance of all sounds and babbling babies share – this is their way of sharing their voice with you.