A baby’s first words have got to be up there with one of the most thrilling parts of parenthood. Typically, those really frontal sounds like the M, D and B are the first to pop out, and it no surprise that ‘Mama’, ‘Dada’ and ‘Baba’ are the headline act. However, while speech is a natural development, the process doesn’t just happen on its own. Studies have shown that babies are constantly learning from what you say and the way to help baby to talk has a lot to do with your input . Of course, you might feel silly babbling away to someone who can’t respond, and it’s not always easy to come up with new ways to stimulate your baby’s speech development. To get the facts, we sat down with Sima Hall, speech-language therapist at KidsFirst Medical Centre to get her top tips on how to get your baby talking.