Talk, Sing, and Point
Babies are learning language from the very beginning (starting before they are even born). They begin by listening to the sounds when family members and caregivers talk to them. So, connect with eye contact and a loving tone of voice and talk to your child as you go about your day together. Go back and forth, responding to their facial expressions, coos, babbles, and eventually, words.
Every time you talk, sing, or point to what you are talking about, you provide clues to the meaning of what you are saying.
As your child gets older, talking to them and answering their questions teaches them about the world, and helps you get to know the fascinating person they are becoming!