Ways to encourage a baby to talk:
1. Speak slowly and clearly, and focus on single words. There's no need to resort to caveman-speak all the time around your baby, but slowing the pace as you flip through a picture book, or explaining in clear, simple language what you're doing as you put the book back on the shelf, helps your child understand and focus on individual words.
2. Use names rather than pronouns. Whenever possible, name the people you're talking about rather than using the shorthand of a pronoun: "This is Mommy's coffee" or "Here is Sarah's bear" are both clearer and easier for babies to understand than "This is my coffee" or "Here is your bear." 3. Sing songs and rhyme rhymes. Your baby will learn valuable language skills from the simple rhythms and silly repetitions of nursery rhymes and songs.
4. Repetition is your friend. Repetition is your friend. (Get it?) Saying things not once but twice, singing the same songs over and over, pointing out the same flower pot every time you pass it on the street...all that repetition, boring as it may seem to you, is incredibly interesting to your little one, since it helps reinforce your child's growing understanding of how a particular sound attaches to a particular thing — in other words, what individual words really mean.
I hope this helps a MUM.