Help Language Development by Clicking Your Tongue

Parenting November 03, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 7 Month Old Baby


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Has your baby learned to blow air or to make a clicking sound with his tongue? These are two skills that are good for language development. These are difficult tasks, and may take a lot of practice.

Make a game of blowing air and clicking your tongue. Your child will probably try to imitate you.

Put a small ball on your baby’s highchair tray. Blow on the ball until it rolls toward him. Does your baby try to blow it back to you? Put the ball away when you have finished playing so that your baby doesn’t try to put it in his mouth and choke.

Touch-and-name games will help your baby become more aware of himself and his body. Touch different parts of your baby’s body and name them. Say, “This is Mike’s foot. Here is Mike’s nose. Where are Mike’s fingers? Here they are!!” Touch your own body parts and do the same thing. “Here’s Mommy’s nose. Here’s Daddy’s nose. Here’s Mike’s nose.”

Playing language games will help your child learn. As your baby’s language skills grow, so does his brain.


Learn more about Your 7 Month Old Baby from Just In Time Parenting. You can also go to our Resource Links for additional information on child care and development.


Note to Parents: When reading this newsletter, remember: Every baby is different. Children may do things earlier or later than described here. This newsletter gives equal space and time to both sexes. If he or she is used, we are talking about all babies.
References: These materials were adapted by authors from Extension Just in Time Parenting Newsletters in California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.