With the birth of our second one only weeks away, the thought of making sure she gets lots of exposure to language is a little daunting. How are we going to manage this with a demanding and very ‘talkable’ two year old on our hands?

I think that firstly, I need to remind myself that survival in the first few weeks is going to be the key. I also need to acknowledge that she won’t get the same one-on-one experience as our first-born, but that doesn’t mean she won’t get many rich language learning opportunities.

And although first born children usually reach the 50 word vocabulary mark earlier than their siblings, second born children usually have better conversation and social skills. This is just a reminder that all children develop at different rates and that it’s  important to try not to make comparisons.

With all this in mind, here are my top 10 suggestions for giving your new baby some extra chat time.