Why do it?
- Baby will like gazing at faces and watching how your mouth moves while you talk.
- Baby is learning to match sound and mouth shape.
- Baby may try to copy your mouth and make a sound.
- Baby can learn to take turns making sounds with you. This is the start of having a conversation.
How to do it
- Make sure baby is fed, comfortable and ready for some social time before starting the activity.
- Hold or place baby so their face and your face are about 30 cm apart.
- Use ‘parentese’ when you talk to baby (speak more slowly, exaggerate your mouth and eye movements and speak in a higher pitch).
- Pause and keep looking at baby, as though you are inviting them to reply.
- Make another comment and wait for them to respond.
- If baby makes a sound, try copying them.
- Watch closely for any sign that baby needs a break.
Using more reo Māori
|Kanohi ki te kanohi||Face to face|
|Tāruatia taku reo||Copy my sounds|
|Titiro mai pēpi||Look here baby|
|Ka menemene koe?||Are you smiling?|
|Kei te kōrero koe ki a Pāpā?||Are you talking to Daddy?|
|Aue, he aha tō mate?||Oh dear, what’s wrong?|
|Kei te ngenge koe?||Are you tired?|
|He ātaahua hoki koe||You look beautiful|
|Kātahi nā te pēpi mōhio ko koe||What a clever baby you are|
|Anei tō waha||Here’s your mouth|
|Anei ō karu kakariki||Here are your green eyes|