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- Look at the baby and say their name. Make eye contact and wait for them to react.
- Interpret and give meaning to the things young babies show interest in, e.g. when babies point to an object tell them what it is.
- Use an animated, enthusiastic face when interacting with children.
- Observe children as they watch their environment.
- Look out for strategies babies use to attract your attention, such as seeking eye contact, gestures such as pointing, facial expressions and intentional physical movement.
- Talk to babies about what you are doing and what is happening, so they will link words with actions, e.g. preparing lunch.
- Use actions including hands and finger plays to support your words, e.g. waving when you say bye bye.
- Speak clearly. Babies respond well to a higher pitched, sing-song voice.
- Use and repeat single words while you share attention to an object or event, so the baby can gradually link the word to its meaning.