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Why Imitation is Important in Language Development

Have you ever wondered how children learn language? It begins in infancy when they start copying their parents. Imitation occurs in early development and is a crucial building block to language development.

What Age Are Babies When They Learn to Imitate Others?

Did you know infants are able to imitate their parents’ facial expressions within the first few days of life? It’s important to make eye contact with your newborn and show your facial expressions so they can learn to make them too. Did you know that babies start making vocal interactions when they’re 4-5 months old? That’s when they begin to coo, cry and babble. The more you talk to them, the more they’ll try to imitate the sounds. These are the early building blocks of language.

How Soon Can You Expect Your Baby to Wave Back at You?

Did you notice the first time your baby starting waving at you? If you’re like most parents, you were probably pretty excited. By the time babies are 8 months old they’ll start copying familiar gestures such as clapping and waving. The more you clap, wave and share other similar gestures or actions with your baby, the more likely it is your baby will imitate you and make these actions himself.

By the time they reach 18 months, toddlers will begin to imitate simple actions such as banging with a toy hammer, wiping a tabletop to help clean up or banging a toy tambourine to make music.

This video will show you how babies and toddlers imitate their mothers.

What are some of the other ways have you noticed your baby imitating you? Please share it in the comments.


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